This commission attends to the intersections between the church’s mission and the world’s needs. This commission is responsible for holding this synod accountable for our shared commitment to ministry to and with people living in poverty. 

The first Southeastern Iowa Synod Hunger Grant has been awarded to the Johnson County Hunger Dialogue and First Lutheran Church, Fairfield.  The grant will enable their “Come to Supper” program to expand serving meals to guests from twice a month to weekly.

Hunger grant applications are now available for amounts ranging from $100 to $1,000. To learn more, download the application.

Fillable electronic form (.pdf)

Word document (.docx)




Pigs with a purpose

Mitten was is the first of many pigs across the Southeastern Iowa Synod before the 2017 Synod Assembly. These are pigs with a purpose…to reinforce that ours is an anti-hunger synod and to raise funds to fight hunger.

Plywood cut-outs of pigs in the same shape as Mitten were available to anyone with a commitment to raise $500 toward anti-hunger efforts. Pigs we decorated and displayed wherever they were likely to get the attention of others who want to join the effort to fight hunger. Offerings for hunger raised through the pigs were collected at assembly and the Southeastern Iowa Synod raised more than $48,000 for anti-hunger efforts!



The commission is also responsible for other issues including peace, justice and care for creation. Areas of focus will include but are not limited to:

  • Ministry to people living in poverty, peace and justice, advocacy
  • Care for creation
  • Rural ministry

Synod Staff Contact:  Pr. Paul Ostrem


Ideas for Advancing Hunger Ministries in Your Congregation

Coalition in Support of Hungry Children (Des Moines)

ELCA World Hunger

Advocacy – connecting faith and public life

ELCA Social Statements

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service