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Responding to Famine in South Sudan

PHP works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its root cases. In emergency disaster situations such as famine, we partner with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and ACT Alliance to help address the current immediate need. Famine is severe in South Sudan and USAID estimates that an estimated 5.5 million people – nearly half of South Sudan’s… Read more »

Supplemental Document for Hunger Action Congregations Covenant

Hunger Action Congregation Resources Below are the instructions as well as webpage links for resources and more information, plus a link to the list of recommended books.  [You can also download this supplemental document]  * The covenant form should be filled out online at bit.ly/hungeractionform The purpose of the Hunger Action Congregation process is to:  (1) acknowledge… Read more »

PHP’s Food Justice VISTAs ~ Where are they now?

PHP had the honor to work with 17 smart, talented, and dedicated folks who came to us through the Americorps VISTA program – a program currently on the chopping block of the currently proposed administration’s budget, alongside a number of other vital federal programs that make our world a better, fairer place.  The gifts these VISTAs brought… Read more »

Intro-Extrospection on a Winter Fall Day

The bitter-cold air batters my face as I cycle to work under the elm trees. December two and the yellow-orange-pink foliage are still giant brush strokes against the blue sky. Full of leaves. Such beauty! And such horror, as we clock up yet another “warmest year on record.” We are riding the wave of the… Read more »

The Intersectional R,EVOL,ution

Revolution with LOVE in the middle Comments from Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program, at the Spirit of the Harvest Festival on October 20, 2016 in Sebastopol, CA, sponsored by the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative “It’s an honor to be with you. And it’s great to be here in California where I lived for 13 years before moving to Louisville KY… Read more »

The Ten Commandments of Food

Just in time for the global Food Week of Action! The Food Week of Action begins this Sunday, October 9 and includes World Food Day on October 16. Our team has developed these 10 Commandments and Manoj Jurian, coordinator of the Food for Life Campaign, has created this tool for congregations, with brief theological reflections… Read more »

When in Iceland, eat sheep

By Kathleen Murphy, former Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer and PHP Food Justice Fellow, pictured here in Thingvellir Park, Iceland, where the continental divide goes through the island nation and the ancient parliament met. As an adventurous eater I was really excited to see what kind of trouble I could get myself into when… Read more »

Wendy’s Boycott and You

Please don’t buy from Wendy’s. Yes…you. And tell your friends about the boycott as well. The PC(USA) was the first Christian denomination to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in a national boycott of Wendy’s Restaurants. Many other faith groups have subsequently endorsed the boycott. CIW’s Gerardo Reyes Chavez says this is great news… Read more »

PC(USA) Endorses Wendy’s Boycott

The PC(USA) was the first Christian denomination to sign on for the national boycott, the timing of which anticipates the company’s annual meeting on May 26. “Rather than support Florida growers who uphold human rights under the Fair Food Program, Wendy’s switched its tomato purchases to Mexico, where the denial of human rights in the… Read more »

Starting a Community Garden

Recently, Women and Girls Thriving received a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation to use the garden on their property. The garden has not been cared for the last couple of years so it is very overgrown. Just a couple weeks ago we started a garden group through Women and Girls Thriving to plan and run the garden. The goal of the garden is to grow healthy food, but also to build community and leadership. A portion of the food grown will also go to the Brookline Food Pantry.

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