The Hunger Fund, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, was launched in 1976 as a way for Episcopalians in the Nation’s Capital and nearby Maryland to ensure that their neighbors had enough to eat.
Specifically, a Diocesan Task Force on World Hunger was created at the 1976 Diocesan Convention to provide a consolidated vehicle for congregations in the Diocese to work towards the alleviation of world hunger.
That task force recommended, at the 1977 Diocesan Convention, that a permanent Hunger Fund be created that would be supported by contributions from congregations in the Diocese. Originally the reach of the Fund was to be global but over time that was refined to be directed at organizations within the Diocese that provide food to the hungry in their area.
The fund is supported through contributions made by congregations and individuals throughout the Diocese. Income and grants have fluctuated over the years.
Annual Hunger walks by members of the Diocese were conducted through the years, starting in 1980. Originally an activity of churches in Montgomery County, they had spread to the whole Diocese by 2002. The pandemic of 2020 marked the end of the Walks.
Walkers traversed the areas around participating churches, including Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, Paint Branch Valley Stream Park also in Silver Spring, Lake Artemesia in College Park, Smallwood State Park in Marbury, the Indian Head Rail Trail, Lake Needwood in Derwood, Serenity Farm in Benedict, and finally on our Cathedral Grounds. In addition, some churches held their own walks in imaginative locations, such as the Bowling for Hunger Bucks held by Christ Church, Rockville to avoid the possible danger of the snipers haunting the area that year. Walkers included children and adults, dogs and strollers.