Christian Store Week is about making a difference across the U.S. and in your town. Christian stores are raising awareness of the millions suffering from continuing high unemployment and a sluggish economy who need food assistance. Here’s the story about Christian Store Week and the needs it seeks to address:

What is it?

A ministry campaign through Christian stores to help with food assistance in the U.S.

Why U.S. hunger? Very few Americans go hungry.

The long U.S. economic down cycle and high unemployment rates have impoverished millions of U.S. families. Some facts:

    • Of the 25 richest industrialized nations, the U.S. has the highest childhood poverty rate second only to Mexico.
    • 39.5 million people live in poverty in the U.S. — a number equal to Canada’s entire population.
    • The U.S. ranks toward the bottom of the world’s richest countries in how it cares for children in poverty. Ranking 22nd of 24 nations, the United States has one of the largest gaps between average income children and most disadvantaged children in critical areas of health, education, and material well-being. (UNICEF, 2010)
    • 17.4 million American families – almost 15% of U.S. households – are now “food insecure,” an almost 30% increase since 2006. This means that during any given month, they will be out of money and food, and will be forced to miss meals or seek assistance to feed themselves. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 2010)
    • In 2008, 4.5 million families living in poverty had at least one family member working. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010)
    • More than half the U.S. population will live in poverty at some point before age 65. (Urban Institute, 2010)
    • The three most common reasons people fall into situational poverty are illness, divorce, and job loss.

How will Christian Store Week help?

The industry has cooperated to create an enhanced CD, Lift Up: Artists and Authors Unite to Help Feed America’s Hungry Children, with works from chart-topping Christian musicians and authors to offer for a $5 donation that will benefit World Vision.

Christian musicians, vocalists, authors, their publishing companies, and retailers have all donated royalties, fees, commissions, and profits, plus provided in-kind services to raise awareness for action against hunger. Christian Store Week helps tell that story.

Why World Vision?

In everything World Vision does, it puts children first because they are most vulnerable to the effects of hunger. World Vision’s U.S. programs help children, families, and communities reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The Christian charity is a global leader in the effort to combat hunger. It is the world’s largest distributor of food aid through the World Food Program. Learn more about World Vision and its programs.

I thought World Vision only works globally. What does the organization do in the U.S?

Through decades of serving children and communities in poverty here at home and around the world, World Vision has developed proven practices to help children and families achieve life in all its fullness, including:

    • Equipping community organizations and churches to produce effective academic mentors and tutors to low-income students
    • Providing low-income youth and families with essential school supplies, personal hygiene items, and household cleaning products
    • Helping families and communities by preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters
    • Facilitating short-term mission trips for youth groups or family groups from around the U.S. to serve in under-resourced communities in rural America

How can continued food shortages be overcome?

World Vision works with governments all over the world, calling on global leaders to prioritize the prevention of hunger. The charity works to convert rhetoric about hunger into concrete action to help stabilize food provision.

How do I find a local Christian store that carries the CD?

Visit the Christian-store finder here.