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Food and Faith

Food Banks are Supporting Communities in COVID-19

In return, let us support food banks! By Rebecca Barnes, PHP Coordinator Food is a basic necessity of survival. While in “normal” times food insecurity is a gross problem in the United States, we are now seeing huge surges in the numbers of people waiting in long lines at food distribution sites as COVID-19 exacerbates… Read more »

Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic

10 Ways to Faithfully Respond With gratitude to Ryan Cumming (ELCA) from whom I borrowed liberally; but any mistakes are mine. ~ Andrew Kang Bartlett This is completely new territory for many of us. As we respond to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the routine daily movements of individuals, faith communities, businesses, and more… Read more »

Disaster Capitalism & Food Imperialism in Puerto Rico

Scaling Up Agroecology in Puerto Rico By Andrew Kang Bartlett The Presbyterian Hunger Program is eager to support the expansion of agriculture that cools the planet, cares for God’s creation, and prioritizes the needs of producers and eaters. Agroecology is that approach and we are excited about the work of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica… Read more »

Veil lifted on factory farms!

touch guy piglet with straw in mouth First Nationwide Study Reveals Widespread Opposition The PC(USA) General Assembly in 2016 passed the On Advocacy Against Factory Farming resolution. The opposition to factory farms (CAFOs), where hundreds, sometimes thousands of animals are raised, seems to be growing in the United States. [See bottom for explanation of CAFO] The first nationwide survey on the topic,… Read more »

Down-to-earth spiritual farming on the rise!

CA farm couple Judging by the 900 people at last year’s Biodynamics Conference in Portland and the 700+ assembled in upstate New York this year, biodynamic farming is swelling! Given the high yields of healthy produce, grains and protein and resilience to climate change, the timing of this popularity couldn’t be better. Our minds and hearts have opened,… Read more »

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 »