Feeding the Hungry: Agencies and Resources


This is a sidebar to Pat Magness’s “Feeding the Hungry” article.







IDES stands for International Disaster Emergency Services. Its goal is to offer “hope and help to a hurting world.” It works through missionaries on the field and local churches to bring relief in times of disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina and famine in Africa. Home offices are located in Kempton, Indiana. Its Web address is www.ides.org.


The motto of Bread for the World is “Seeking Justice, Ending Hunger.” This organization brings Christians together to lobby Congress for laws that will benefit hungry people in the United States and around the world. A focus this year is the reform of farm legislation. Its main office is in Washington, D.C., and its Web address is www.bread.org.



Food for the Hungry, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, bases its vision on the admonition in Micah 6:8 to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Part of its vision is to go into the “hard places,” to bring food and other life necessities into the most difficult circumstances. Learn more at www.fh.org.


CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walks to stop hunger are organized in many local communities throughout the United States under the auspices of Church World Service. These walks are interdenominational, and 25 percent of the proceeds stays with hunger-fighting efforts in the local community. You can learn about walks near you at www.churchworldservice.org/CROP/.


The More-with-Less Cookbook (Herald Press) by Doris Janzen Longacre is in its 25th anniversary and still readily available. It was produced by Mennonite women, many of them missionaries, and all its recipes have been family-tested. Recipes for a Small Planet (along with a related book Diet for a Small Planet) are also both still in print. All these books are very educational, but I have found the More-with-Less Cookbook to be most practical for feeding a family.

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