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What kids do for hunger

Congregations share their ideas for collecting food and funds

In November people think of food and giving thanks. For ELCA youth, raising awareness and funds for hunger is a year-round effort.

Youth from St. Luke Lutheran Church,
Youth from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Derwood, Md., add a twist to the Souper Bowl of Caring, which raises money for hunger on Super Bowl Sunday. They hold a contest, with people voting with dollars for the AFC or the NFC. St. Luke added the IDC, the “I Don’t Care Conference,” which has won the Souper Bowl for two years. “It’s a wonderful, positive outlet for those who groan at the thought of another football season,” said Jennifer Protil, social concerns chair.
At Concordia [Kan.] Lutheran Church, Sunday School students collected food for the pantry as their offering for three months last fall. They also passed out decorated grocery bags to the congregation on Nov. 5 and 12, with instructions to return them full of food by Nov. 19. With donations and matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the pantry received 638 grocery items.

Students at Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, Calif., were perplexed in July when they arrived at Sunday school and saw Christmas cookies, carolers, donated food and several inches of “snow” on the ground. The church collects food for the community throughout the year and at Christmas. But its community missions and outreach team wanted to remind people—especially kids—about the spirit of giving in July. “The people that we reach out to aren’t just in need at Christmas,” event coordinator Debbie Price told The Signal of Santa Clarita.


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