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ABC hunger show features United Methodist involvement

Sept. 14, 2004            

NEW YORK (UMNS) — United Methodists involved in hunger issues are featured in a television documentary to air on ABC affiliates in late October.

The National Council of Churches produced the one-hour program, Hunger No More: Faces Behind the Facts, for the ABC-TV “Vision and Values” series. Network affiliates will begin airing the program Oct. 24. Viewers should check local listings for air times.

The documentary approaches hunger as not just a social issue but also a moral issue “that needs immediate resolution,” according to Burton Buller, producer and president of Mennonite Media.

The United Methodists interviewed include former presidential candidate George McGovern; the Rev. John McCullough, executive director, Church World Service; the Rev. Bob Edgar, chief executive, National Council of Churches; June Kim, staff executive, United Methodist Committee on Relief; and the Rev. Ken Horne, chief executive, Society of St. Andrew.

Also featured are U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole; Jeffrey Sachs, an ethicist at Columbia University; David Beckmann, chief executive, Bread for the World; Joe Young, director of community development, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Joan Holmes, United Nations-related Hunger Project.

The Society of St. Andrew harvests potatoes and salvages other fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste, re-directing the food to agencies serving the poor. The documentary for ABC includes footage of the society’s “potato drop,” held during the United Methodist General Conference last spring in Pittsburgh, and the gleaning of produce from previously harvested fields along the eastern shore of Virginia. The society’s “Harvest of Hope” program offers mission opportunities to glean food and learn about hunger issues.

Through contributions to Advance #982920, the United Methodist Committee on Relief supplies food for the hungry and assists with development programs in poor countries. The agency multiplies the United Methodist impact on hunger and poverty programs by cooperating with other agencies and religious bodies, including the National and World Councils of Churches and Methodist churches around the world.

Besides Mennonite Media, the NCC’s sponsoring partners for Hunger No More include 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. UMTV, a part of United Methodist Communications, contributed footage from Africa.

After airing, the documentary will be available on DVD and VHS video, along with a study guide. For more information, call toll-free (800) 999-3534.

News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (646) 369-3759 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

 

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