Jesus' command is clear: we are called to feed all of God's children. But is that possible?

Twenty-five years ago, 23.3 percent of the world's population lived in hunger. Today, that number has dropped to 12.9 percent—giving rise to the renewed hope that what once seemed unthinkable is now within reach. The challenges are great, but the fight to eliminate malnutrition and hunger is one we can win.

The End of Hunger brings together activists, politicians, scientists, pastors, theologians, and artists on this urgent topic. Here is a comprehensive picture of the current situation—the latest facts and figures are presented alongside compelling stories, both from those engaged in the fight against hunger and from the hungry themselves. Here too are clear steps for action by individuals, families, churches, and communities.

This book is designed to inform and inspire you to get involved in the gospel work of eradicating global malnutrition and feeding the hungry. It is Jesus' command—and together, with God's help, we can do it.

Contributors include

  • Chef Rick Bayless
  • David Beasley
  • The Rev. David Beckmann
  • Congressman Diane Black
  • Tony Campolo, PhD
  • Senator Bob Corker
  • Jeremy K. Everett
  • Cathleen Falsani
  • Kimberly Flowers
  • Senator William H. Frist, MD
  • Helene Gayle, MD
  • Amy Grant
  • Ambassador Tony P. Hall
  • Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo
  • Nikole Lim
  • Jonathan Martin
  • Mike McHargue
  • Angel F. Mendez Montoya, PhD
  • Will Moore
  • Samuel Rodriguez
  • Jeffrey Sachs, PhD
  • Gabe Salguero
  • Mark K. Shriver
  • Ron Sider
  • Rachel Marie Stone
  • Steve Taylor and Family
  • Roger Thurow
  • Elizabeth Uriyo and Christopher Delvaill
  • Kimberly Williams and Brad Paisley

"The amazing array of voices gathered in this book will begin with good news about the progress we've made in addressing hunger since 1990. They'll share the hard news about what hunger is and what it does to human brains, bodies, and souls. Then, they'll invite you to be part of creating more good news, so you know how you can be a part of the growing global movement to end hunger—in our lifetime."

Brian D. McLaren, author, speaker, and activist

"Every generation of Christians has to ask themselves how they will respond to the global issues of their day, to the challenges taking place on our watch. The End of Hunger hosts a coalition of voices: global experts, activists, storytellers, and men and women for whom hunger and food insecurity has been their lived experience. Together they offer wisdom and practical insight toward a multifaceted response to global hunger. Furthermore, they issue a clarion call to use our voices, our love, and our lives to make a difference. The time and opportunity is now. The End of Hunger is a must-read!"

Jo Saxton, author, speaker, cohost of Lead Stories podcast

"Deeply moving and insanely motivating, The End of Hunger reminds us that we have more power than we ever imagined to change the world. This is the book that will spark a revolution of everyday activism that will bring about the eradication of hunger and malnutrition. Through beautiful storytelling and impressive research, the message of hope shared in these pages will surely invigorate your soul and change your perspective on what is possible."

Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International

"A magnificent book, which couldn't come at a better time. It brings together a host of voices that explain, reveal, inform, inspire, and encourage, all in the interests of carrying out an urgent task that all people of goodwill can agree on: feeding the hungry."

James Martin, Jesuit priest, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

"Everywhere that I work in rural Africa I see the loss of life and potential as a result of malnutrition. Sadly, global hunger most often affects those most vulnerable—children and young mothers. The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope for Feeding the World is a clear reminder of this problem from the unique perspective of many: scientists, health care workers, advocates, those from the community of faith, and those directly affected by global hunger. The book both inspires with evidence of the progress that has been made, and challenges with a call for all of us as followers of Jesus to keep our hearts of compassion open and to continue to do what we can to heed Jesus' words, 'When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat.'"

Paul Osteen, missionary surgeon, associate pastor, Lakewood Church, Houston, TX

"Once again Cathleen Falsani and Jenny Eaton Dyer deliver a thoughtfully curated canon of truthful revelations and authentic epiphanies. Brilliantly weaving confessional meanderings with imperative treatments of hope, the range of voices is remarkable—activists and chefs, social scientists and theologians, politicians and musicians. The End of Hunger is not only timely but an urgent appeal to heal the world by healing what's broken in each of us. This book offers a practical roadmap for mending these aches."

Christopher L. Heuertz, author of The Sacred Enneagram and founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism

"This book is an important and thoughtful look at one of the most serious problems across the world. Each of the essays treats hunger with equal parts compassion, equity, justice, and ultimately hope, showing us the way forward in building a better world. Proper nutrition is a right and a key element of what people of all faiths and creeds are called to do in caring for the most vulnerable. Hunger is therefore more than a relief, development, and advocacy issue; that there are hungry and starving people is a moral issue and a religious matter. I am grateful for this resource and the challenges it poses as well as the answers it offers."

Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and president of Sojourners, author of America's Original Sin

"We must remember the Beatitudes are both spiritual and social wisdom. The call to 'hunger and thirst for righteousness' is also a call to come together and ensure everyone has food at the table. In the Franciscan tradition we remember that creation is the first Bible, and we can see there is enough to go around while many are yet hungry. The End of Hunger shows us the way to get there by 2030."

Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation

"'Love,' as one contributor to this book states, 'is at the root of justice.' In this collection, we're given a clear call to action—as well as simple and achievable steps that every one of us can take—to transform our love for God into hopeful and effective advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. After all, what did Christ tell his dear and blunder-prone friend Peter to do as a sign of his love? 'Feed my sheep.' I'm grateful for this compelling book; may it rouse each of us into action."

Jennifer Grant, author of Maybe God Is Like That Too and Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too


Introduction—Jenny Eaton Dyer

Part 1: An Overview of the Problem of Hunger
1. Hunger and Your Brain: Feed the Hungry. You’ll Feel Better Too—Mike McHargue
2. The End of Hunger—Jeffrey D. Sachs
3. A Threat to Health Anywhere Is a Threat to Peace Everywhere—William H. Frist
4. The Bible, Poverty, Justice, and Christian Obedience—Ron Sider
5. A Multi-Pronged Approach—Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo
6. Onward to 2030—Will Moore
Esther: Oaxaca, Mexico
7. A Path to Peace and Stability—David Beasley
8. Bring Everyone to the Table—Helene Gayle
9. What to Do About Malnourished People Around the World—Tony Campolo
10. Remember Us When You Come into Your Kingdom—Jeremy K. Everett
11. Caught in Conflict—Kimberly Flowers
12. The Possible Impossible Dream—Gabe Salguero
13. The Bread of Heaven—Jonathan Martin

Part 2: The First One Thousand Days: Young Women, Mothers, and Children
14. I Am Gita—Roger Thurow
15. A Thousand Days and A Million Questions—Cathleen Falsani
Vasco: Blantyre, Malawi
16. To End Preventable Deaths in Mothers and Children, We Must End Hunger and Malnutrition—Mark K. Shriver
17. Amazzi: When You Have Enough—Steve Taylor and Family
Nighty: Pajimo, Uganda
18. Hunger and Sex Trafficking—Nikole Lim
19. From Hunger to Holistic Health—Elizabeth Uriyo and Christopher Delvaill

Part 3: A Way Forward
Rupa: Kathmandu, Nepal
20. When You Eat, Sit Down—Rick Bayless
21. Begin with Love—Rachel Marie Stone
22. End Hunger: Do the Thing That’s in Front of You—Tony P. Hall
23. From the Garden to the Table—Amy Grant
24. Hunger, Fasting, and Faith—Ángel F. Méndez Montoya
25. Feeding the Hungry by Raising Dignity—Kimberly Williams and Brad Paisley
Shorty: Bombay Beach, California, USA
26. The Lamb’s Agenda—Samuel Rodriguez
27. Teach a Man to Fish—Diane Black
28. Ending Hunger Starts with Modernizing How We Deliver Food Aid—Bob Corker
29. Exodus from Hunger—David Beckmann

Next Steps: Advocacy and Philanthropy
Contributor Biographies


Jenny Eaton Dyer (PhD, Vanderbuilt University) is executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based global health organization, founded and chaired by Senator Bill Frist. She directs the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition with support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation. She also formerly served as the national faith outreach director for the DATA Foundation and The ONE Campaign, Bono’s organization, from 2003–2008.

Dyer has written widely on the intersection of religion and health. She is a contributor to Why Save Africa: Answers from around the World and a cocompiler of The aWAKE Project: Uniting Against the African AIDS Crisis and The Mother & Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and also within the Vanderbuilt University School of Divinity.

She holds a BA in religion from Samford University, an MTS from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a PhD in history and critical theories of religion from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, John, and their two children.

BY Jenny Eaton Dyer

Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author, specializing in the intersection of faith and culture. Her books include the critically acclaimed The God Factor, Sin Boldly, The Dude Abides, BELIEBER, and Disquiet Time (coedited with Jennifer Grant).

Falsani is a longtime correspondent for Religion News Service and a featured writer for Sojourners, where she was the director of new media from 2010 to 2012. She was the religion writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000 to 2010, and also was the Faith & Values Columnist for the Orange County Register. Falsani's work has appeared in myriad print, broadcast, and digital media, including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Star, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Rolling Stone, The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, CNN, The Atlantic, NPR, and the BBC World Service, among many others.

In addition to her work covering religion in the United States and abroad, Falsani has written extensively about global poverty, AIDS and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and other issues affecting the developing world. Her reporting in this arena has taken her to Nepal, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, Mexico, and the West Indies. In 2005, Falsani received the James O. Supple Religion Writer of the Year award from Religion Newswriters Association, and she twice has been a finalist for the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year award. She serves as a member of the advisory board for Girls and Women at the ONE Campaign.

A graduate of Wheaton College, Falsani holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She lives in Southern California with her husband, the journalist and author Maurice Possley, and their son.

BY Cathleen Falsani

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