Food and Faith
What does it mean to eat as a Christian? For us, eating is a spiritual act because food is sacred. Both the Old and New Testaments are full of stories and teachings about food. The Eucharist is a key part of our faith, but it's more than a Sunday ritual. For early Christians, bread was broken at every meal. Eating was an expression of their faith. We modern Christians are called to re-establish right relationship with food. To be mindful of where our food comes from, who has been involved, and how its production and distribution fulfills God's vision of justice — or not.
As Wendell Berry reminds us, "Eating is an agricultural act." The very first laws the Israelites were given after they escaped from slavery were related to food, agriculture and faith – to share food evenly, save some for those in need, and not to stockpile or concentrate the control of food into the hands of a few people. Our modern food system is in conflict with our faith.
- Jumpstart your community garden with the Garden Safe, Garden Well Guide & customize with your own local resources in minutes.
- Create a community garden or other faith-based initiative using the Food Sovereignty for All Handbookfor guidance.
- Read and share with others in your congregation Food and Faith Practices: Learn, Live, Lead handout.
- Learn about current issues by following the Food and Faith Blog.
- Sign up for the monthly Food Justice e-newsletters.
- Study the Just Eating? Practicing our Faith at the Table curriculum.
- Begin preparing for the Food Week of Action. This global week includes World Food Day and celebrates efforts to end hunger, and to bring about food sovereignty. Learn More!
- Help end hunger by giving to the Global Food Crisis fund.
Seed Report from the US Food Sovereignty Alliance
This new report, based on a survey of seed keepers from around the United States, highlights concerns about monopolization of seeds. Read more and download A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seeds Practices across the US, produced by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and partner organizations.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program is a founding member of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) and serves on its Coordinating Committee. This US-based alliance of anti-hunger, food justice, labor, environmental, faith-based and food producer groups upholds the right to food as a basic human right and works to connect our local and national efforts to the global movement for food sovereignty.
Participate in Food Justice Learning Calls/Webinars
Join Food Justice Fellows, PHP and outside presenters on the 2nd Monday of each month!
Time: 12 noon (Eastern); 11am (Central); 10am (Mountain); 9am (Pacific)
Visit our Webinars Page to watch recordings of 2014 Webinars and register for upcoming ones.
Library of Past Learning Calls/Webinars
November: Who Cares about Food Stamps? Presenters: Andy Fisher and Christine Melendez Ashley . Participants heard about the history, current role, and legislative efforts to shrink Food Stamps/SNAP, including who cares about this important paret of the US safety net. The question of whether Food Stamps and other anti-hunger work may divert attention away from addressing root causes of hunger was also addressed. Presenters and participants looked at what the future might hold and what visions we should pursue as seekers of justice. View the webinar. You may also download a PDF of the Powerpoint, Presentation Notes and Answers to questions we couldn't get to (plus a link to the Recording of the Q & A session), and Fracking and Food Registration & Links for January 2014.
October: Coffee: Robust in (In)Justice? – Presenters: Adrian Gonzalez (Café Justo), Rodney North (Equal Exchange), and Emily Piper (Think Coffee NYC), with Bryce Wiebe (Enough for Everyone, Presbyterian Hunger Program). View the recorded webinar.
September : Coalition of Immokalee Workers & the Campaign for Fair Food – Presenters: Gerardo Reyes-Chávez (CIW) and Rev. Noelle Damico (PHP). View the recorded webinar.
August: GMOs: The "Facts" on Health, Environment, Farmer Impact, Control in the U.S. and the World– Presenters: Katherine Zavala (International Development Exchange/IDEX) and Margot McMillen (Terra Bella Farm/Missouri Rural Crisis Center). View the recorded webinar.
July: Food & Trade – Presenters: Karen Hansen-Kuhn (Institute for Trade & Ag Policy) and Kathy Ozer (National Family Farm Coalition) Listen to the call, which explored the current trade agreements under negotiation and their impact on food.
Food with Dignity
As Christians, the call to love our neighbors – near and far – compels us to make sure that our consumer choices and tax dollars are ensuring that those who grow, process, ship and prepare our food are paid fairly and are able to work in dignified and safe ways. Investigations have shown that this is often not the case. Read More about Food with Dignity Procurement.
Food Movements Unite!
New! PHP’s "Food Movements Unite! Companion Bible Study" accompanies Food Movements Unite! a new book, from Food First, that is full of strategies to transform our food systems. Discussion questions arranged by the themes of head, heart, hands, biblical and transformational provide the basis for adult book study groups to do four- or six-week studies. Download or order Food Movements Unite! for half price.
Visit the FoodFirst website to download a chapter of Food Movements Unite written by Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a long time partner of PHP.
Food Movements Unite! Companion Bible Study
Participate in the Churches Week of Action on Food
With almost one billion people facing chronic hunger and food price shocks causing further crisis in vulnerable communities, churches and individuals around the world are asked to set aside World Food Day (Oct. 16) and this week in October for special reflection and action on food.
Dedicate October 13-20, 2013 to worship, study, and take action to promote positive change in the food system. This year’s Food Week Action & Resource Guide highlights the promise of agro-ecological farming to feed the world! Actions are in support of hungry people and the critical people working in the food chain.
- Download for free the Food Week of Action Guide and other materials at pcusa.org/foodweek
- Explore the theological connections by reading In the Beginning: A theological reflection on agro-ecological farming, by Rev. Werner Fuchs, National Council for Food Security of Brazil (CONSEA)
- Share a Meal during the week (or anytime throughout the year)! Order 'Share a Meal' placemats them by calling 800.297.1516 or download the placemats for church or home meals.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program helps the church look at the intersection of our faith and our food as one way to understand the root causes of hunger and to find ways we can work together to end hunger once and for all. Find out more about what we do.
As Christians, the call to love our neighbors – near and far – compels us to make sure that our consumer choices and tax dollars are ensuring that those who grow, process, ship and prepare our food are paid fairly and are able to work in dignified and safe ways. Investigations have shown that this is often not the case.
This is a very big need--so many in my community can not find jobs so have a difficulty keeping food on the table.
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This month's Pres. magazine had good articles about food/faith connection; got your website there. Also, for those with lower vision, the gray-blue print on this site is harder to read.