The National Council of Churches (NCC) documentary on the problem of hunger in the 21st century will air on ABC-TV affiliates nationwide beginning Oct. 24. The documentary, entitled, “Hunger No More: Faces Behind the Facts,” approaches hunger from the “perspective of faith, declaring that hunger is more than a social issue, it is a moral issue that needs immediate resolution,” according to the NCC.
The hour-long special is supplemented by a guide, which is also available as a church bulletin insert. The guide, similar to the TV program, asks what people think when they hear that others are starving to death. The bulletin insert contains a study process, biblical passages on hunger, statistics on poverty, and information about global and domestic policies.
According to Shirley Struchen of New York, one of the documentary’s executive producers, the program’s goal is to give information and ask questions “so people will not feel overwhelmed with the issue but can take next steps to do something.”
“This bulletin insert/study guide is designed to assist us to see more than statistics and facts and gets us to the stories of people,” she added.
Struchen said that while the issue of hunger is not new, “the important thing is that there are solutions, and each of us as individuals can play a part. The guide puts important information in one place so we can use it in our journey in working to eliminate world hunger.”
The NCC’s sponsoring partners for “Hunger No More” include Mennonite Media, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Church World Service, the World Hunger Program, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Society of St. Andrew, with cooperation from United Methodist Communications and Bread for the World. United Methodist Communications contributed footage from Africa.
For local listings, please visit: http://www.ncccusa.org/reports/HungerTVClearances.doc.