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We invite you to study, pray, reflect and give with us during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving — for our families, our neighbors and communities around the world.


As the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people around the world rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed together for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more ... and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes”(Revelation 7:16-17). This very yearning is at the heart of who we are as church together. Yet our longing has never led to inertia or despair, despite the discouraging forecasts. We are an Easter people, ever journeying toward the cross but trusting in faith that God’s story does not end on that hill



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Give to ELCA World Hunger

Commit to a giving goal for the Lenten season in support of ELCA World Hunger, set aside a portion each day, or make your gifts throughout the season as part of your regular Lenten practice.


Lenten Resources

Explore and engage during this Lenten season by bringing ELCA World Hunger into your congregation and home with resources including:

Lenten Calendar

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Find inspirational ideas for daily reflection and action, as well as prayers, relevant Bible passages, hymn ideas and more, with our devotional calendar.

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Lenten Study Guide

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Deepen your engagement throughout this season of Lent with our weekly study guide, where you can find impactful, motivational stories and information about how your gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at work in the world.

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Action Guide

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Action Guide for Congregations: This guide features ideas and resources to help activate your congregation in the fight against hunger and poverty with a special focus on the 40 Days of Giving.

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Weekly Email Series

ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving - United States

Dive even deeper into our inspiring 40 Days of Giving content by subscribing to our weekly Lenten email series.

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Congregational Resources

Would you like to get your congregation involved in our 40 Days of Giving? The resources below will inspire your members to walk with ELCA World Hunger this Lent:

  • Use our Congregational Leader How-to Guide to develop and implement your congregation’s plan to participate. (Order)
  • Distribute the 40 Days of Giving brochure to members of your congregation, to share more information about how they can join the effort. (Order)
  • Share our Reproducible Stories in your worship bulletins and newsletters, to highlight the life-saving work made possible by gifts to ELCA World Hunger during Lent. (Order)
  • Video conferencing backgrounds to use during sermons, studies and other video meetings. (Download) (Download flipped version for mirrored video)
  • A presentation template to share more information about ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving. Use as a template, or copy and paste individual slides into existing slide shows. (Download)