Hunger Network

Helping to make food and resources available to everyone through education and partnerships around the world.

 

Hunger Network Sponsors Little food pantries

December 2018

 The Northeastern Iowa Synod Hunger Network is supplying six little pantries for congregations that have made a commitment to install, display and maintain a pantry on church property.

Each little free pantry will be stocked with nonperishable food items, personal care products and household items for anyone who needs them. The pantries are placed in accessible locations where people can easily bring items to share or take items they need — 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round.

The pantries will be located at Our Saviour’s, Mason City; Redeemer, Waverly; Emmanuel, Strawberry Point; St. Paul, Volga, Lord of Life, Dubuque; and Bethesda, Jewell. Four congregations have made their own pantries — Our Savior’s, Waterloo; St. John American, Arlington; St. Peter, Garnavillo, and West Clermont, Clermont.

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The Little Free Pantry project is part of a nationwide initiative based on the “Little Free Libraries” project, in which people can take a book and share a book. The pantries are small, so they do not provide the quantity and variety found at other food pantries, but the little pantries can be accessed at any time.

The six pantries provided by the Hunger Network were built by volunteers from the Waverly area, including members of Redeemer Lutheran and students from Wartburg College and Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Bremwood campus. The Men’s Small Group from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School helped build the pantries as part of their study of the book, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.

Neighbors and community members are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to help keep the pantries stocked. Recommended items include canned vegetables, boxed meals, paper goods, and personal care items. People may want to share kid-friendly snacks in the summer or school supplies in the fall.

“This project is about feeding neighbors and building community,” says Pastor Mark Anderson, assistant to the Bishop. “The pantries don’t replace other food security services in the community, but they can serve as a safety net for families in a pinch.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about the little pantry project should contact Alison Pettit, Hunger Network facilitator or call the synod office at 319-352-1414.

 


 

Hunger Network

Values

  • The right to obtain food in a dignified manner
  • Relief, development, education and advocacy as co-essential responses to hunger

 

Purpose

  • We support and facilitate relationships between local expressions of the church as they fight hunger locally and globally so that no one must remain hungry.

 

Projects

  • Advocacy of hunger issues locally and globally
  • World Hunger Appeal
  • Wells
  • Develop the Hunger Network within the Northeastern Iowa Synod
  • Network with companion synods on hunger issues.

 

Plans

  • Remind pastors and church staff to open and use their ELCA World Hunger Action Guides for Congregations.
  • Post Action Guide ideas on Facebook.
  • Inform congregations of resources available to help people in need.

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World Hunger mascot available

Kevin BaconsmThe Hunger Network invites congregations to borrow the synod’s wooden pig mascot to help promote ELCA World Hunger.

To reserve the mascot, contact Pastor Mark Anderson through email or by phone, 319-352-1414.

 

Resources

ELCA World Hunger

NE Iowa Hunger Work Group ELCA 

Northeast Iowa Food Bank Pantries

Iowa Food Pantries

 

Facilitator

Alison Pettit

 

Synod Council Liaisons

Nicole Kiefer
Carrie Wall

 

Synod Staff

Rev. Mark A. Anderson