Posts Categorized: Hunger

Summer Update for Hunger Action Congregations

Dear Hunger Action Congregations, I hope you and your congregation are doing well. And I hope you personally have had or will have the chance to revitalize your spirit – at least a bit! – during the summer. The challenges aren’t letting up, so we need to find our peace and strength in our faith,… Read more »

Upcoming Ways to Support A Pathway to Citizenship

These next weeks and months are shaping up to be crucial times to urge Congress to do all it can to support pathways to citizenship for as many of the 11 million undocumented individuals as possible—including for farmworkers!  We invite you to take action for farmworkers and citizenship! Tuesday July 27th at 5pm ET/ 4pm… Read more »

Student Action with Farmworkers is Back in the Fields!

This update comes to us from Melinda Wiggins, Executive Director for Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). It has been a long year, but I am pleased to share that our Into the Fields program is back in the fields. We launched this year’s internship and leadership development program with an online orientation. The 25 SAF… Read more »

Bursting the Bubble on Food Alarmism: Why Bill Gates is Dead Wrong

protest at Gates Foundation No doubt you’ve seen ads about the need to feed the world. The claim is made that by 2050 we’ll need to increase food production by 50%. These ads come from agribusiness corporations such as ADM, Cargill and Bayer-Monsanto, and then they are parroted by the media and academics, despite the fact that there is… Read more »

Ramadan Mubarak! Interfaith Celebration of Food & Fighting Hunger

invite to ramadan celebration Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted the 14th Annual Interfaith Ramadan Fellowship Celebration. Dianna Wright, director of Ecclesial and Ecumenical Ministries in the Office of the General Assembly, PC(USA) and I were invited to celebrate with them and make brief remarks. It was wonderful to be with, pray with, and reflect on hunger and… Read more »

Ensuring Farmworkers’ Health and Safety

This update comes from the Alliance for Fair Food, a Presbyterian Hunger Program grant partner.  The coronavirus has put the newfound resilience of farmworkers on Fair Food Program farms to the test. Farmworkers across the United States are facing an unprecedented threat to their health and safety, a massive shortage of personal protective equipment, and… Read more »

When Farming and the Church Come Together

This reflection comes to us from AJ Bisesi, Community Engagement Coordinator for Garfield Community Farm, a ministry of The Open Door Presbyterian Church. Getting produce to our neighbors is an integral tenet of our organization’s mission. We distribute produce in multiple ways, including donating. Valley View Presbyterian Church, one of our church partners from the… Read more »

Community Sharing Garden Restoration Project

This reflection comes from Bruce Kelsh, Chair of Earth and Social Justice Committee for First Presbyterian Church, in Cottage Grove, OR. Fifty percent of the people in our rural community are classified as being in poverty or ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained), that is, the working poor.  There is a shortage of fresh produce for… Read more »

A Philosophy of Welcome in the Midst of Covid-19

This reflection comes from Rev. Kirk Perucca, Pastor for Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Kansas City, MO. Covenant Presbyterian Church, an urban residential congregation in Kansas City has a mission. We feed people. Period. We serve people in a dignified, caring and just matter. Jesus didn’t ask for two forms of ID, one could be a… Read more »

Community Resilience Amid Uncertainty

This reflection comes from Brenda Becerra, Senior Development Associate for Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), a Presbyterian Hunger Program grant partner. Our world turned upside down in what seems like one day to another when the pandemic hit and we had to accept this new reality and try to adapt fast. We had no… Read more »