Food & Faith Practices
Western Lake Superior Compact “Learn, Live and Lead” Series
A Call to Action: Moving Beyond Charity
Faith communities can play a pivotal role in building local food and farm webs that help end hunger and bring justice to the food system. Congregations often have resources—land, kitchens, buildings andvolunteers—that can be harnessed for sustainable community development. Gardens, buying clubs andother projects that promote health and food security are ways faith communities are advancing food justice. These initiatives empower families and neighborhoods to grow and process their own food,collaborate with local farmers and regain control over their diet and health. Churches may even providean incubation sites for microbusinesses. Many communities are turning to these kinds of creativesolutions to foster economic resiliance and social justice.
Study hunger, food access issues, and newer concepts like foodsovereignty, a call from farming communities around the worldfor greater justice and control over what people grow and eat.Where does our food come from? Who touches it along the wayand how are they treated? How does my faith connect to foodissues? What issues and changes are most important? When amI going to do something about it? The Bible is full of food justicestories, including that first “food violation” by Adam and Eve!Your place of worship is a great place to learn the connections between the food system and our faith.Some places to start are:
Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Food & Faith website for resourceswww.pcusa.org/food .
Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table
is a great ecumenical Christian curriculum withadult, middle school versions available at gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/hunger/practice-just-eating
Repairing Eden Guide: Sustainable Food Practices for Faith-Based Institutions
More good ideas and resources: US Food Sovereignty Alliance:www.usfoodsovereigntyalliance.org
Coalition of Immokalee Workers:www.ciw-online.org
and for students, seerealfoodchallenge.org/resources
Congregations can build communityrelationships and be vitalized by taking whatwe learn about food justice and faith and putting it into a practice. Below are someexamples of faithful action taken by variousworshiping communities;
Host a farmers market on the church’s parking lot
Start a community or church garden,involving youth and elders