Rethink Church
Basic Needs
We’re meeting people’s everyday needs for community, shelter and food.
Ensuring people's most
fundamental needs
will be met
Despite the most formidable challenges facing millions today — poverty, hunger, disease and more — we believe that, in God's economy, there is enough. That's why we're responding by offering our time, resources and energy by meeting people's most basic needs.
Because That's Church.
We believe that being followers of Jesus means that we were made to do the things he did: He fed people. He offered them drink. He created community. Even as we work toward larger innovations to transform society, we're still demonstrating mercy by offering folks what they need: Food. Drink. Clothing. Shelter. Community. We're committed to being agents of hope in a hurting world by meeting folks' most basic needs.
For the week preceding Super Bowl Sunday, congregations in the cities represented by rival NFL teams challenged one another to a food drive competition. And though the Broncos' final score on the gridiron couldn't top the Seahawks, Denver churches trounced Seattle by collecting 103,000 food items to Seattle's 56,000. When local food pantries were stocked to serve neighborhood families, everyone became winners.

Because the first 1,000 days of a child's life are the most critical to his or her lifetime development, we support the 1,000 Days movement of Scale Up Nutrition, which is improving nutrition around the globe. These efforts have an exponential long-term impact on the futures of communities and nations. One of the solutions promoting long-term health is the promotion of soybeans and Moringa to improve household and community nutrition in a cost-effective way.

Meeting our neighbors' basic needs

Serving meals to hungry families ... rebuilding homes and lives ... opening hearts to lift troubled spirits. The United Methodist Church is reaching out to its neighbors to ensure that basic needs are met.


"Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind?"


We're embracing strangers. Phoenix's Asbury United Methodist Church is offering shelter to people released from immigrant detention facilities who are often without food, water or the resources to phone family.

We're empowering people to feed themselves. In South Sudan we're providing food production training and income generation opportunities for returned refugees and host communities.

We're making space in our buildings for those who are conquering addiction. We're opening the doors of churches to local recovery communities, like AA, so that men and women can find freedom.

Partner with us as we make sure all people have what they most need.

Church is about more than what we get from it. It's about what we give. Together we're offering our time, our resources and our energy so that all people can survive and thrive. Help us make a difference in communities by serving the people God loves.




There are many ways to participate or
learn more about how you can support
the millions of people who don't have
access to basic needs.

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There are many ways to support
The United Methodist Church's work
in meeting people's basic needs.
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