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October 15, 2009

Fighting hunger with words & wallets


One of the joys of this job is forming relationships with good writers and editing their work. If it’s an “easy edit” it’s a good day in the editor’s salt mine (a.k.a. cube).

This week’s editing theme appears to be hunger. Terri Mork Speirs wrote about the ministry of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., where a team of women routinely gathers to make 60 meals for the church deep freeze. The meals are available for those who need them. Watch for “Meet me at the freezer” in December.

The second story is by one of our regular and best freelancers, Cindy Novak. Cindy tackled the topic of global hunger for our January 2010 cover story. Talk about an unwieldy, critical topic! But Cindy leaves no stone unturned. When this story arrives in your mailbox or inbox, take time to read it.

You’ll be reminded, of course, of the sobering fact that more than 1 billion people went hungry everyday this year—100 million more than last year. The worldwide recession that started last year “pushed aside” the global food crisis, according to this week’s report, “Who Controls the Governance of the World Food System .”

But Cindy’s story will leave you with resounding hope, and pride in what the ELCA and all its partners do to help alleviate hunger and poverty in the world. You may even enter the new year resolved to do something new to help.

In the meantime, there are all sorts of ways to get involved. The ELCA Good Gifts catalog mailed with our October issue is bursting with ideas for this time of year. And if there hasn’t been a Crop Walk in your area yet, there just might be one this Sunday. Walk. Sponsor a walker. Or do both.

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