October 9–17, 2016
Our faith calls us to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food! And where those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!
The global Food Week of Action (October 9-17) is an opportunity for Christians and others around the world to act together for food justice and food sovereignty. It is a special time to raise awareness about approaches that help individuals and communities develop resiliency and combat poverty. Beyond examining our food choices, we must also recognize the lingering roots of racism embedded in our food system, which was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits the environment and workers in the food chain. We call for societal and policy changes that bring us closer to realizing the right to food for everyone and positive transformation of the dominant system.
The Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (October 16), International Day for Rural Women (October 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).
Download the 6-page customizable Food Week Guide
Solidarity Actions for 2016
Fair Wages & Worker Justice
- Boycott Wendy’s, tweet about it, and deliver managers letters. www.boycott-wendys.org
- Support an increase in the minimum wage at the national level bit.ly/raise-wage and work locally for worker justice.
Trade and Food Sovereignty
- Say yes to fair trade and no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at bit.ly/wfd-tpp
- Raise your voice against land grabs at bit.ly/wfd-grab
Let people near and far know what you have planned for October, Food Week or World Food Day!
Fill out this easy form to get your event in the List and on the map.
You can join the Food Week of Action from wherever you are.
Let us know you are ‘Going’ on the Food Week Facebook event.
Do these first two things right away. The rest can wait until October.
REGISTER for ‘World Food Day & Land Grabs: Near & Far’ bit.ly/wfd-webinar
PHP Webinar on Oct 4th (12:00pm ET)
Ask your pastor to preach about hunger and World Food Day in October.
Oct 9 or Oct 16 – Preaching about local and global hunger, and ways to address it
Oct 10–Support Fair Trade and oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership—bit.ly/fairtpp
Oct 12–Agroecology is the path to food sovereignty. Learn about Agroecology at bit.ly/agroecolo
Oct 13–Call on Wendy’s to join the farm workers’ Fair Food Program www.boycott-wendys.org
Oct 14–Advocate for a higher minimum wage bit.ly/raise-wage
Oct 15–International Day for Rural Women—Support the seed and culture saving initiatives of Dalit, Adivasi and other rural women in Joining Hands’ South India Chethana network—bit.ly/chethana (type ‘Chethana’ in the donation instructions)
Oct 16–World Food Day—Push for strong EPA Farmworker Protection Standards—bit.ly/wfd-epa
Oct 17–International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—Help end land grabs bit.ly/wfd-grab
Other Action Ideas
Learn from the experts: Invite a local farmer or food chain worker to share his or her reflections about the food system at your next Sunday gathering or church study group.
Ask questions: Explore in a group how we could become more efficient in the use of our natural resources, preserve biodiversity and provide balanced nutritious diets for future generations by studying the PHP and EAA action guides and resource materials available here.
Worship: Organize a church service during the week. PHP’s own Bryce Wiebe has created the liturgy. Find it and other materials from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance here. You can also draw from past worship materials, including the World Food Day Prayer, available at pcusa.org/foodweek.
Watch and Learn: Check out the awesome videos people made for the Real Food Media contest. Or just do a search for food + justice on youtube.com and see what you find.
Share your food story: Tell YOUR food story with a captioned photo, video or written post social media (e.g. YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), using the hashtag #myfoodstory and, if there is room, @usfoodsov and @presbyhunger.
Grow where you live: Host a competition to showcase the top 3, 5, or 10 best urban agriculture projects in your area to bring attention, support and volunteers.
Explore your faith and your food: Select a food-related biblical passage and share with your church study group or family what it means to you. See the curricula and faith-based Bible study guides at pcusa.org/hunger.
Get your hands in the dirt: Plan a church or family trip to your nearest farm to learn more about where your food comes from and the steps involved in getting what’s grown to your plate. Consider starting a community garden– Download a ‘How-To’ Guide at bit.ly/phpfoodfaith
Eat what you preach: Organize a church or community dinner and encourage people to bring dishes prepared with local produce. If ingredients are not local, people can be encouraged to read food labels so that they know where their food is coming from. Labels for dishes can share the source of food, and conversation can be encouraged about changes seen in local food growing and buying, and why these changes have occurred.
Celebrate local foods and knowledge: Organize a community fair that showcases local food producers and shares the stories of farmers and people involved in food justice.
- Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System, from Civil Eats
- Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action (En español, Poner la Soberanía Alimentaria en Práctica)
- International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development: IAASTD Fact Sheet: The IAASTD, a major international scientific report, concludes that in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most effective and sustainable farming systems, and recommends a shift towards agroecology as a means of sustainably boosting food production and improving the situation of the poorest people and communities.
- Raise the Wage Background Article from the Office of Public Witness, PC(USA)
- 2016 is the International Year of Pulses. You’ll be amazed at how big a deal they are! Learn more.
Worship and Theological Resources
• Coalition for Economic Justice
• Community Alliance for Global Justice
• Creation Justice Ministries
• Denver Food Rescue
• Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
• Faith Action Network
• Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center
• Food Chain Workers Alliance
• Homeless Garden Project
• Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
• Iowa CCI
• Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council
• National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
• North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project
• Other Worlds
• Our Kitchen Table
• Plainsong Farm
• Presbyterian Hunger Program, PC(USA)
• Presbyterians for Earth Care
• Soul Fire Farm
• Student Action with Farmworkers
• United Church of Christ
• US Food Sovereignty Alliance
• World Hunger Relief