Hunger at Our Doorstep

A Study-Action Guide for Wisconsin Congregations


Second Edition

Hunger_Study_Guide_Cover 2014webThis revised and updated resource from the Wisconsin Council of Churches aims to help congregations learn about – and respond to – hunger in their communities.

Basic questions about hunger provide the starting point for the curriculum: Who is hungry in Wisconsin? What are the impacts of hunger? What can be done about hunger? What does the Bible say about hunger?

Answering these questions is just the beginning. This curriculum is called a study-action guide because it aims to lead congregations to take concrete steps to help their hungry neighbors, in partnership with others in their community.

Session Handouts and Resources

Handouts and Case Studies (in PDF format) for each session and the Income Inequality chart can be downloaded below.  You can also find links for “Homework” and links to additional resources.

Session 1

Homework links from Handout #5:

Session 2

For family budget data for your county or community, use the Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator
Homework Links from Handout #5:

  • Walk in the shoes of a food-insecure person in “Hunger 101” — an interactive simulation of what it is like to be a hungry person looking for food in the Chicago Area.
  • Poverty Tour – a short video about what it’s like to live at the poverty line.

Session 3 

Homework Links from Handout #5:

  • Personal stories from Hunger Task Force (scroll down to “The Driving Forces Behind Our Mission”).
  • Learn more about state and federal assistance programs in Wisconsin and other resources from the University of Wisconsin Extension at he Wisconsin Connections Website.

Session 4

Sources of local guest experts:

Sources of hunger, poverty and employment information for your county or community:

  • Wisconsin Counties Poverty & Food Insecurity Profiles. This series of reports on poverty and food security summarizes recent trends in poverty and food security for each county with comparisons to the state, and includes a discussion of implications for policy and programs.
  • USDA Food Environment Atlas.  An interactive atlas of food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—that interact to influence food choices and diet quality.
  • Wisconsin Food Security Project.   A source for producing customized profiles, maps, and charts of data on food access and the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin counties, municipalities, and school districts.
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center. Access hundreds of measures of child well-being, by county, city, congressional district, or other area.
  • Wisconsin Housing Profiles. Learn about key demographic factors and critical issues related to housing in Wisconsin. Topics covered include the housing market, foreclosure impacts, housing affordability challenges, vacancy rates, and more.
  • County Workforce Profiles. Each county profile includes analysis of the: current and projected population dynamics; effects population has on the labor force; industries and employers; occupational patterns within industries, and average wages and total personal income.
 Homework Links from Handout #5:

Session 5

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