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 and steps for faithful action on each one. Here are four of them:

ten-command[Download the Ten Commandments of Food Poster
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The priority actions for this year’s Food Week advocate for fair wages and trade and land justice. You can take action now and during Food Week.

Fair Wages & Worker Justice

  1. Boycott Wendy’s, tweet about it, and deliver managers letters.
  2. Support an increase in the minimum wage at the national level and work locally for worker justice.

Trade and Food Sovereignty

  1. Say yes to fair trade and no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at
  2. Raise your voice against land grabs at

Some congregations and groups have listed what they are doing during the week on this Food Week map.  You can post your event or action on this master list, and we’ll put it up on the map.


Our faith calls us to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food! And where those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!

The global Food Week of Action (October 9-17) is an opportunity for Christians and others around the world to act together for food justice and food sovereignty. It is a special time to raise awareness about approaches that help individuals and communities develop resiliency and combat poverty. Beyond examining our food choices, we must also recognize the lingering roots of racism embedded in our food system, which was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits the environment and workers in the food chain. We call for societal and policy changes that bring us closer to realizing the right to food for everyone and positive transformation of the dominant system.

The Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (October 16), International Day for Rural Women (October 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).

Download the 6-page customizable Food Week Guide

World Food Day liturgy and prayer, bulletin insert and more resources at


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