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Ending hunger is topic of NCC network TV documentary 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE HUNGER TV SPECIALNew York City, August 15, 2006--A powerful TV documentary presented by the National Council of Churches USA (NCC), "Hunger No More: Faces Behind the Facts," takes an unflinching look at the persistent problem of hunger in the 21st century and offers solutions.   It is available to NBC television network affiliates beginning September 10. 

Most of us don't often ask where our next meal is coming from. But for millions of Americans and nearly a billion people worldwide, such food insecurity is a daily reality.  The documentary approaches hunger from the perspective of faith, declaring that hunger is more than a social issue.  

"It is a moral issue that needs immediate resolution," says Burton Buller, president of Mennonite Media, who produced the program in collaboration with the NCC.  

"The program brings to life the moral dimension of this thorny issue, and offers up a vision for a new day when hunger is eradicated from the face of the earth," says Buller. 

This one-hour, closed-captioned special, presented by the NCC in partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, will be telecast by NBC affiliates nationwide, beginning on Sunday, September 10.  Interested viewers should call their NBC station and ask when the program will be broadcast locally. 

A study guide for the program or more information is available online at www.councilofchurches.org/hunger.    

NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar said the TV special is being produced as part of the NCC's commitment "to address significant issues of faith and public policy and to pursue concrete solutions to the persistent challenge of poverty in a time of great wealth and capability in our society."  

Other participants in the documentary include Dr. Jeffrey Sachs from the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Church World Service Executive Director the Rev. John McCullough, Senator Elizabeth Dole from North Carolina, and former Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern from South Dakota. 

In addition to Mennonite Media, the NCC's partners for this production are the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the World Hunger Program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Society of St. Andrew, and Church World Service, with cooperation from Bread for the World and United Methodist Communication. 

The National Council of Churches, founded in 1950, is America's leading ecumenical organization, whose 35 Protestant and Orthodox member denominations have more than 100,000 local congregations in all 50 states.


NCC News contact: Dan Webster, 212.870.2252, dwebster@councilofchurches.org


 

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