Human Dignity  Press Release  Poverty

Southern Baptists to Recognize Global Hunger Sunday to Draw Attention to Global Hunger Crisis

Nashville, Tenn., March 19, 2015The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention approved a recommendation to recognize the second Sunday in October as Global Hunger Sundaya day many churches draw attention to the hunger crisis affecting nearly 1 billion people around the worldat its annual meeting last month.

Global Hunger Sunday will replace what was previously known as World Hunger Sunday on the SBC Event calendar approved by messengers each year. The name change is the final step of the recent launch of the cooperative Southern Baptist initiative, Global Hunger Relief (GHR). In June 2014, Southern Baptists voted to embrace and support GHR during its annual meeting in Baltimore, Md.

The launch of Global Hunger Relief and the change to Global Hunger Sunday help us better tell the story of the global hunger crisis, as well as the myriad of ways Southern Baptists are providing solutions, said Jill Waggoner, lead brand strategist for Global Hunger Relief.

GHR-funded projects combat hunger in North America and around the world in a variety of ways, from participating in disaster relief to resourcing food kitchens, from eliminating urban food deserts to creating sustainable solutions for the chronically hungry.

Formerly known as the World Hunger Fund, GHR is a partnership of the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, LifeWay Christian Resources, Womans Missionary Union, Baptist Global Response and the Executive Committee.

The recommendation, put forth by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be presented at the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio, for messenger approval.

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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