October 14–21, 2018
We envision a world where everyone has enough affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food where no one is hungry, and where all who work in the food chain
are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!
Join us in building more equitable and ecological food & farm systems!
Beyond examining our food choices, we must recognize the lingering racism embedded in our food system. This system was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits food chain workers and despoils the environment. We call for changes which bring us closer to food sovereignty, where producers have control over seeds, land and livelihood, and where all have the right to food.
The Global Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (Oct. 16), International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17).
2018 Action Areas
The Action Areas are broad to encourage widespread participation and groups can choose which actions to promote or they may choose one based on the local context. The 56 co-sponsors of the 2018 Food Week were surveyed and voted on the most critical five (5) national actions.
Claiming Rights: Claim the right to food, freedom from want, and end racialized systems of oppression.
- End the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color
- Resist ICE detentions, deportations, and cooperation between police and ICE
Fair Compensation: Demand fair prices for farmers, fishers and other producers, and fair wages for everyone in the food system.
Food Sovereignty: Resist harmful practices and policies and build just and sustainable local & regional food economies.
- Farm Bill reform
- Call on the EPA to better regulate factory farms, and ban the permitting of new factory farms
The DAYS of the FOOD WEEK OF ACTION
Oct 14 — Launch of the Food Week of Action
Oct 15 — International Day for Rural Women
ACTION: Help end violence against women www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action.
Oct 16 — World Food Day
Give thanks for the food we eat — for the many hands and good earth it comes from — and return the blessing by donating to an organization committed to ending hunger, building community prosperity, and working for just and sustainable food and farm systems.
ACTION: Farm Bill reform TBD
Oct 17 — International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct 18 — ACTION: End the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color.
Oct 19 — ACTION: Resist ICE detentions, deportations, and cooperation between police and ICE.
Oct 20 — ACTION: Call on the EPA to better regulate factory farms, and ban the permitting of new factory farms.
Oct 21 — ACTION: Oppose genetically engineered salmon in solidarity with Native Americans at bit.ly/salmonalert
- Sign petition telling TIAA-CREF to stop land grabs – no more investing in farmland resulting in land theft from local farmers and deforestation
- Protect the environment by working toward personhood rights of nature. Read article Rivers Get Human Rights and paper on Environmental Personhood.
- Learn about and denounce geoengineering techno-fixes to the climate crisis. See Climate and Geoengineering from ETC and Geoengineering is Not a Solution to Climate Change from Scientific American.
- Support affordable housing trust funds in your community. Start with the Center for Community Change’s Housing Trust Fund Project.
Try this at home…
Bring food sovereignty to your church, community and town. Download the Food Sovereignty for All: Overhauling Our Food System with Faith-Based Initiatives Guide at bit.ly/phpfoodfaith and make a plan to do the Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table curriculum. pcusa.org/justeating
Publicize your event, action or worship service happening in October, during Food Week, or on World Food Day!
Fill out this form to get your event on the map.
- Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System from Civil Eats
- Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause to Hunger — from Bread for the World, as part of their Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation resources (new at org/simulation)
- Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty into Action | Poner la Soberanía Alimentaria en Práctica (en español)
- International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development: IAASTD Fact Sheet: The IAASTD, a major international scientific report, concludes that in order to feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most effective and sustainable farming systems, and recommends a shift towards agroecology as a means of sustainably boosting food production and improving the situation of the poorest people and communities.
Worship and Theological Resources
- Ten Commandments of Food
- Food Week bulletin Insert
- Food Week Liturgy
- World Food Day Prayer
- Seven Prayers for Food Week of Action
- ActionAid USA
- Buffalo Presbyterian Church -Buffalo, Minnesota
- Climate Justice Alliance
- Coalition for Economic Justice
- Community Alliance for Global Justice
- Community to Community Development
- Covenant Community Church
- Creation Justice Ministries
- Denver Food Rescue
- Ecumenical Council for Drought and Water Management (ECoDAWM) – India
- Faith Action Network
- Faith Presbyterian Church – Huntsville, Alabama
- Family Farm Defenders
- Fireweed Farm – Springville, IA
- Food Chain Workers Alliance
- Food First
- Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition
- Groundswell International
- Grow Ahead
- HEAL Food Alliance
- Heart and Bones Hollow Farm
- Hunger Action Network of New York State
- Hunger Acton Network of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
- Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
- Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
- KIWA Workers for Justice
- Local Futures
- National Coalition for the Homeless
- National Council of Churches in India – India
- National Family Farm Coalition
- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY)
- Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance – NAMA
- Oakland Institute
- Pesticides Action Network of North America
- Plainsong Farm
- Praja Abhilasha Network
- Presbyterian Hunger Program, PC(USA)
- Presbyterians for Earth Care
- Rural and Migrant Ministries
- Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural
- Rural Development Leadership Development
- Soul Fire Farm
- Student Action With Farmworkers
- Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville – SAL
- Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church
- Trinity Presbyterian Church – Martin, TN
- United Methodist Committee on Relief – UMCOR
- US Food Sovereignty Alliance
- World Council of Churches – Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance