Hunger Ministries

A close up of a plate Esperanza Tackles Hunger!

Esperanza is tackling one of the most pressing problems in our community this year: hunger. Read about our initiatives below.

Hunger Ministry Plan for 2022

The Hunger Ministry Plan was approved by Church Council on February 15, 2022.

Third Quarter
1. Participate for one week (maybe less) in Grace Lutheran’s summer heat respite ministry. Pack sack lunches, water, etc. for the homeless. Would need to purchase supplies for sack lunches (bread, meat, cheese, fruit, etc.) with our own funds. Would make the sack lunches in Esperanza kitchen each morning, and deliver to Grace Lutheran. Involve our youth. Tentatively scheduled for late June/mid-July.

2. Make and deliver an evening meal (for approx. 25 people) to families being assisted by Family Promise. Family Promise helps families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Locally, St. Benedict’s Catholic Church hosts the families in their St. John Bosco Catholic School for a few days. Mountain View Lutheran participates in Family Promise; Peggy and Larry Hanson will contact Mountain View Lutheran to discuss potential involvement.
Esperanza has participated in this ministry for several years.

3. Conduct faith study with focus on hunger, possibly an interfaith event.  Also use event to promote CROP Walk.

For more information:

CROP Hunger Walk Site: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/page/about-the-crop-hunger-walk

Esperanza’s CROP Hunger Walk Site: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/esperanza-lutheran-church-phoenix-az

Fourth Quarter
1. Organize and conduct an “Ahwatukee Foothills Interfaith” Crop Walk to support the global mission of Church World Service, following is link: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/team/esperanza-lutheran-church-phoenix-az. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised would be returned to host community to support local hunger fighting efforts. Event would be scheduled for late October/early November. Consider reaching out to Mountain View Lutheran (and other churches?) to co-host.

2. Promote congregation participation in ELCA Good Gifts ministry during December. These financial gifts are used in 88 countries and help recipients be more sustainable. Members would have an opportunity to make a donation towards purchase of chicks, piglets, goats, cows, garden seeds, etc. We could pursue requesting several members join together to purchase a cow or goat. Following is link to resources: https://resources.elca.org/Products-ELCA_Good_Gifts.html.

Ministries That Would Continue Throughout the Year
1. Donations of non-perishable food (and school supplies) to the Kyrene Family Resource Center.

Address questions or comments to Larry or Peggy Hanson ( [email protected]  )

Visit recent posts about our hunger programs by visiting https://myesperanza.org/?s=hunger

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Past Participation 2022: 

First Quarter
1. Provide a sermon at both services (on one Sunday) on hunger by Ms. Solveig Muus, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Arizona. The focus would be hunger at the State and Synod level, the bigger picture. Ms. Muus would also be asked to participate in the study between services. Tentatively scheduled for March 20, with March 13 as a backup.
2. Provide a brief presentation (10 minutes) at both services (on a Sunday) by Irma Horton, manager of the Kyrene Family Resource Center. Presentation will focus on food needs in the Kyrene School District area. Ms. Horton would also be asked to participate in the study between services. Tentatively scheduled for April 3, with March 27 as a backup.

Second Quarter
1. Assemble a team of adults and teens to prepare and serve pancakes at Grace Lutheran Church (located downtown Phoenix) for the homeless. Time commitment would be one Sunday from approximately 6:30 AM to 8:30 am. Would need to purchase supplies for pancakes, sausage, etc. which is approximately $350. Grace Lutheran has conducted the pancake breakfast for every Sunday for the last approximately 20 years. Other congregations cover some of the Sundays. Following is a link to Grace Lutheran and this ministry: http://www.graceinthecity.com/about-grace. Tentatively scheduled for May 1 or 8.
2. Weave hunger discussion into Vacation Bible School. VBS is tentatively scheduled for late May/early June.
3. Conduct community learning event. Tentatively scheduled for May.