Tuesday, October 6
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Presbytery of Boston
Food justice, at its simplest, is a matter of ensuring good food for all. Well aware that this is much easier said than done, our team worked with four Presbyterian congregations—each partnered with a nonprofit organization—on issues of food access, sustainability, and advocacy.
Each site went about the work in a different way, allowing us an opportunity to approach food justice from four different angles. From direct service to meal programs and food pantries to advocacy and economic discipleship, we learned just how much is involved in bringing good food to all.
In addition to our work with congregations and partners, we were regularly learning alongside one another throughout greater Boston. We participated in community days full of reading, discussion, and wrestling with the difficulties and complexities of food justice. We ventured out on occasional field trips to a local farm, apple orchard, or cranberry bog to interact with those truly reliant on and in tune with the food system. All of these learning opportunities helped us to do our jobs better and provided plenty of fodder for dinner conversations.
And we most certainly took our work home with us, as we lived on a local-only diet for the first six months and learned how to make pretty much anything from scratch—pasta, tortilla chips, you name it—all with the intention of teaching us how food is made and where it comes from. For the last six months, we used federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in order to experience another side of the food system.
The Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer program is a ministry of the Presbytery of Boston and its 25 congregations.
—Audrey Sue Holt, Young Adult Volunteer, 2013–14
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Andrew Parmelee, treasurer
Rev. Theodore “T. J.” DeMarco, stated clerk
Wren Colle, administrator
Young Adult Volunteers
Hannah Landrein, Amanda Moak, and Hope Seggelink, Boston Food Justice
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of abundance, fill our hearts and our souls. Open our eyes to see those around us who are hungry, whether for spiritual or physical food. Equip us to be your hands, bringing both spiritual and physical sustenance to your children and our sisters and brothers all around us. Fill us with your peace and love to overflowing. Amen.