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To End Hunger We Must Address Root Causes

Fighting hunger is at the heart of our Presbyterian understanding of mission. Jesus fed the hungry and told his disciples to do the same. Yet, we know that hunger is an extremely complex phenomenon with economic, political and social causes. 51 years ago, when the Hunger Program begin, our founding mothers and fathers realized that… Read more »

Beyond the Rural Urban Divide

Cow people spell 'solid' with signs Cultivating Solidarity in Tough Times By John Peck, executive director of Family Farm Defenders  The full article is here (pages 9-11) and includes great content on U.S. farm justice history.  Family Farm Defenders is a strategic partner of PHP and a fabulous, farmer-led group that is committed to solidarity and movement building. You can find… Read more »

The GREEN Good News

kids and adults with flowers in a worship service Book review by Rebecca Barnes | T. Wilson Dickinson has published an excellent book that will be of great importance to the church at large and the ecumenical movement for economic and environmental justice. It will be invigorating to individuals and congregations. As a professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and as a writer,… Read more »

Dreaming Another World as this One Heats

Heat, a Common Denominator Out of control fires. Hottest decade on record. Hot oceans spawning super storms. Polarized politics. Heated debates. COVID fever. The discomfort is now hitting the middle class and even upper classes feel the encroaching heat. The unrelenting  suffering from racism, hunger, poverty and injustice has spread from the invisibilized margins into… Read more »

Deputy-involved shooting in Florida raises concerns

PC(USA) calls for ‘complete transparency’ in Immokalee man’s death By Darla Carter | Cross-post from Presbyterian News Service  LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined a chorus of concerned voices calling for law enforcement officials to be more transparent about the deputy-involved shooting of a longtime member of a south Florida farming community last… Read more »

As COVID unfolds into hunger crisis, prize recognizes transformative solutions

woman with bright Somalian garb cultivating field Twelfth Annual Food Sovereignty Prize honors the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine and the All Nepal Peasants’ Federation As the COVID-19 pandemic adds 83–132 million people to the world’s hungry this year, the Food Sovereignty Prize highlights grassroots efforts meeting urgent needs while advancing transformative solutions. Organized by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA),… Read more »

First Genetically-Engineered Animals on Your Plate?

AquaBounty Still Pushing to Put GE Salmon in Markets We began following this story in May 2018 with this story: Salmon: God’s design or genetically engineered? Then in March 2019 the FDA announced that there were taking GE Salmon off the import alert list, but we didn’t know if that would be the last word:Genetically… Read more »

Autumn Update for Hunger Action Congregations

First invitation: The 2020 Food Week of Action is coming soon – and you are invited to be a co-sponsor as about six of you did last year. Co-sponsoring just means that you will add your congregation’s name to the cosponsors list and highlight the anti-hunger and pro-justice work you and others are doing during… Read more »

A Prayer for Summer’s End

collage of food pics by Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns, PHP God of all that surrounds us, As we step into this new season of fall, we pause to acknowledge the delights of summer. Even though it was, for many, a year of cancelled plans, postponed vacations and drive-by parades instead of back yard… Read more »

Out of the Box Ministries

group with banner From Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, Our Newest Hunger Action Congregation By Jesse Schlunegger Out of the Box Ministries is our church food pantry program. Our motto is “Feed people whenever possible.” We have a funds-matching grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program through the federal government, which allows us to purchase food from… Read more »