Everyone eats. Families have meals together. Friends gather around meals. Churches, businesses and schools hold special banquets. And when we eat, many people pause to say grace—to thank God for the gift of food.

But not everyone in the world has enough to eat. Altogether, about 800 million people don’t get enough food to live healthy lives. This is due poverty, drought or other natural disasters, conflict or climate change that results in unpredictable rainfall.

Through Room at the Table, you can invite someone who has experienced hunger to be a guest at your mealtime—as a family, at a church banquet, or other gathering. While they are with you, you can learn their stories, pray for them and for others who are hungry, then make a donation to the Foodgrains Bank to help those who don’t have enough to eat.

How it Works

Room at the Table is a way to make the issue of global hunger a little more tangible by actually “making room” at your meal table for someone who don’t have enough to eat. Here’s how it works.

  1. Select your guest on the right hand side of this page.
  2. Open your phone or tablet to that page, or print off the story.
  3. When setting your table, add an additional place setting for that guest.
  4. At the place setting, put your phone or tablet on the plate, or the printed story.
  5. Before the meal, read the story, then pray the prayer (or your own prayer) for the guest and for others who don’t have enough to eat.
  6. When the meal is over, make a donation to the Foodgrains Bank. Any amount is welcome; it costs about $15 on average to provide food for one person for a month. (The cost will vary from country to country.) The donation can be mailed or made online (follow the link on the story page).
  7. If you want, you can play the song Room at the Table by Carrie Newcomer to finish your meal time together—a way to joyfully celebrate making room at the table for those who are hungry.

Thanks for making room at your table for those who don’t have enough to eat!

For a printable PDF version of each story, click here.

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