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Racial Wealth Gap Simulation!

from equality to equity to liberation Here’s a great educational tool from Bread for the World and NETWORK for getting – or keeping – the conversation going about hunger, poverty, inequality and race. The biblical study guide grounds the simulation in our Christian faith. The focus on policy is helpful in understanding how racism has translated into economic inequality and the… Read more »

UPDATE for Hunger Action Congregations: Nov. 2019

Hello , I hope that this update finds you and your congregation doing well.  This is your Autumn Hunger Action Congregations Update (3 per year, plus occasional periodic news or action alerts), and as usual it is as full as a plump pumpkin pie. Four Hunger Action Congregations Co-sponsor Food Week of Action Buffalo Presbyterian… Read more »

How to Cool the Planet?

Urban Tilth photo Agroecology is One Answer! By Andrew Kang Bartlett In a world where giant corporations largely shape our food choices and perpetuate a form of agriculture which depends on fossil fuels, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and workers making poverty wages, family farmers and eaters alike are eager to shift towards a more equitable and eco-friendly food-farm… Read more »

Community Organizing Brings Affordable Housing to Elgin

folks with shovels breaking ground for the new affordable units Four percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is used to address homelessness. The lack of affordable housing is one cause of homelessness as well as a root cause of hunger and poverty in the United States. Congregation-Based Community Organizing has a great track-record of successfully pushing towns, cities and counties to finance… Read more »

A Green New Deal for Food and Farming

photo of author By Ahna Kruzic, Communications Director of Pesticides Action Network North America Original post Globally, today’s food and agriculture systems are responsible for more climate change-contributing emissions than the world’s cars, trucks, planes, and trains combined. At the same time, we’re confronted with evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc on agricultural production—and unraveling systems of… Read more »

Attacks on the Poor Continue: Food Insecurity Update

cartoon about hunger being renamed The Food Research and Action Center just released this summary of the USDA Economic Research Service report, which highlights the state of hunger in the United States. This comes in the middle of a gathering of hundreds food pantry, food bank, and anti-hunger activists from around the country here at the Closing the Hunger Gap… Read more »

Community Organizing Energizes Largest African-American Church

CBCO assembly full of people Listening and Doing (James 1:22) By Deborah Agbor-Tabi When I joined St. James Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many things were new and fascinating.  St. James is the largest African American congregation in the denomination and has always been involved with the community in areas such as recreation and social events, working with the… Read more »

Backpack Buddies to Living Wages

food pantry pic Six years ago, Dottie Thaxton brought an idea to the mission committee of Clarksville Presbyterian Church (CPC), and a “Backpack Buddies” program was begun for children in their community.  The church soon realized that the problem of hungry students was larger than they alone could address.  So they joined hands with others and have seen… Read more »

Semillas de Justicia / Seeds of Justice Garden

Vivi Moreno explains community garden Vivi Moreno (in the four videos below) and Jorge Ortiz (right) are organizers with the Little Village Environmental Organization (LVEJO). They proudly showed PHP staff and advisory committee members the Semillas de Justicia (Seeds of Justice) community garden. These videos of Vivi give you the low-down on the garden, which has been going strong since… Read more »

Caring for Mind, Body and Soul at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church in Detroit

Written by Sharon Oglesby who manages the community garden at Broadstreet Presbyterian Church, serves on the presbytery Self-Development of People committee, and serves on the national advisory committee of Presbyterian Hunger Program   As a parent we want the absolute best for our child. We go through extraordinary lengths sometimes to make sure this happens…. Read more »