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Global Hunger Relief

For 44 years, Southern Baptists have been raising funds to combat hunger around the globe. Originally started in 1978 as the World Hunger Fund, Global Hunger Relief is dedicated to the fight to minimize world hunger and to sharing the gospel of Christ.

Global Hunger Sunday is a great opportunity for churches to promote an offering to support Global Hunger Relief. Send Relief, the compassion ministry arm of Southern Baptists, helps to promote and distribute the offering each year.

Send Relief focuses on five key areas: strengthen communities, care for refugees, protect children and families, fight human trafficking and respond to crisis. The ministry sets up specific funds for these focus areas, creates funds for specific projects and receives general donations to support compassion ministry efforts around the world.

Generosity toward Global Hunger Relief helps respond to crisis by meeting hunger-related needs in various ways. When famine or natural disaster strikes, gifts to Global Hunger Relief provide resources for missionaries and other ministry partners to give food during those times of crisis.

Efforts also include projects with a longer focus to offer sustainable solutions to chronic hunger. Missionaries and ministry partners will provide job skills training, livestock and seed distribution, clean water, home reconstruction as well as medical care.

In 2021, Southern Baptists gave $3.5 million through Global Hunger Relief, and 100 percent of those gifts go toward meeting hunger needs with 20 percent going to needs in North America and 80 going toward international hunger needs.

Almost 800 million people around the world live with constant hunger, and 1 in 6 in North America are undernourished. Southern Baptists are fighting the global hunger crisis through Global Hunger Relief.

Through Global Hunger Relief 100% of your donations go toward hunger needs. Nothing is taken out for administrative or promotional costs.

Once a year, churches around the US will host a Global Hunger Sunday. We hope to inform and equip church leaders to emphasize this global crisis and lead their congregations to give to meet these critical needs.

Established in 1978 as the World Hunger Fund, Global Hunger Relief is an initiative of the Southern Baptist Convention dedicated to combating hunger and sharing the Bread of Life.

GHR funds are used in Gospel-centered hunger projects that share God’s love in both word and deed. GHR-funded projects meet crisis hunger needs in famine or natural disasters, but also focus on long-term, sustainable solutions to end chronic hunger, such as:

  • Job skills training
  • Livestock and seed distribution
  • Clean water
  • Home reconstruction
  • Medical care
  • Aftercare for human trafficking victims
  • Through Global Hunger Relief, Southern Baptists are helping communities and lives be transformed… for today, tomorrow, and forever.
  • 100% of your donation goes directly to meeting hunger needs.
  • 20% of funds meet needs in North America
  • 80% of funds meet needs around the world

GHR is a collaborative partnership between seven Southern Baptist organizations:

  • Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)
  • International Mission Board (IMB)
  • North American Mission Board (NAMB)
  • Baptist Global Response (BGR)
  • Women’s Missionary Union (WMU)
  • LifeWay Christian Resources
  • SBC Executive Committee

To learn more about Global Hunger Relief, visit, and for resources designed to help churches recognize Global Hunger Sunday, visit here.

Girl eating food with words, "Southern Baptists are fighting hunger."

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