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Hunger Network

The ELCA World Hunger Program improves the lives of people in need in the United States and around the world by:

  • providing immediate relief for people affected by chronic hunger and poverty
  • assisting whole communities through long-term, sustainable development to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty
  • advocating for justice by changing laws and systems
  • educating members of the ELCA in awareness of issues relating to hunger, poverty and justice

For an explanation of how the World Hunger Appeal works, resources for education, and how you can help, visit the hunger pages on the ELCA website.

How to donate to ELCA World Hunger

CONGREGATIONAL GIFTS:  If you have a church envelope “check off” or a World Hunger Appeal envelope, write a check to your congregation and place in the designated envelope. Cash contributions can also be placed in these envelopes.  If no special envelope or on-line giving designation is available, write the check to your congregation and put ELCA World Hunger in the memo line. 

INDIVIDUAL GIFTS:  If you would like to make an on-line donation to ELCA World Hunger, go to

Congregational Contributions
Congregational treasurers can send checks directly to the Rocky Mountain Synod and indicate that the contribution is for ELCA World Hunger OR include the world hunger amount in the monthly benevolence remittal by clearly marking the contributions to ELCA World Hunger on the synod form. Congregational checks written to ELCA WORLD HUNGER can also be sent directly to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA  22116-8009.

Disaster Response Contributions 
For donations to disaster efforts, make checks payable to LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE  and mail them to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America   P.O. Box 1809  Merrifield, VA  22116-8009.  If you want donations to fund a particular disaster response, please indicate that in the memo line of the check.  These donations can also be included in monthly benevolence remittals to the Rocky Mountain Synod or by sending a check directly to the Rocky Mountain Synod and indicating the contribution is for Lutheran Disaster Response. 

Domestic Hunger Grants

The application process for the 2018-2019 cycle is now closed.  Grant applications are being reviewed in the Domestic Missions Unit and will be reviewed by a synod team as well.  The organizations and the amounts awarded will be announced sometime this fall.  Checks will go out to congregations next February for the first year of the grants 

Check back later this fall for the list of 2018-2019 grant recipients!

World Hunger
Lutheran Disaster Response

ELCA Hunger Resources





RMS Hunger Network Core Team

Carol McDivitt (chair and communication)

Sophia Behrens

Kay and John Bengston

Joyce Dunbar (secretary and 500 years campaign registrar)

Jean Gall

Earl Matson

Barbara Ripperger 

Cynthia Robles (500 years campaign coordinator)

Hendrik Samosir