Originally posted Nov. 7, 2010, at Hunger Advocate. Republished with permission of the author.
Yesterday (November 6) my colleague Mike and I hosted a one-day conference called the Hunger Huddle at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
We had great speakers including David Creech from ELCA World Hunger; Andrew Genszler, ELCA Washington Office; Barb Packer, Lutheran Social Services Food Pantries in Ohio; and Marv Baldwin, Food Resource Bank.
This conference grew out of the movement “A Month of Potlucks to End World Hunger,” which is soon to close its second year and begin its third.
We came up with the idea of a “huddle” because we saw it as a time and a place of bringing people together — arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand.
But yesterday during the event the image grew for me.
In football the huddle is a place where the next play is coordinated and each of the players is integral.
There’s conversation, support and sometimes correction. As we talked this image came to life for me, and I understood the purpose of the Hunger Huddle.
Gathered together on Friday at Trinity Lutheran Seminary were more than 20 folks who are actively and passionately working to end hunger — each with different skills and strengths, different roles and plays, but all on the same team, working toward the same goal — ending hunger.
We gathered on Friday to share ideas, struggles, observations, learning and strategies. Then the huddle broke and we all headed to our positions in the field and went back to work.
Hunger advocacy is the work of a team — a team of people who work in areas of relief, education, political advocacy, fund-raising, emergency planning, corporate accountability, communication, etc.
I learned a lot from my partners in the huddle yesterday (which will be shared in the coming days) and I look forward to executing the play and coming back to further work together to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Find a link to Kim Conway’s blog Hunger Advocate at Lutheran Blogs.