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Getting at Root Causes

Ending hunger is possible!

Alleviating hunger and eliminating its causes is at the core of our lives as people of faith and we are eager to work with you.

There are deep injustices in our food system that we as Christians are called on to address. The root—or systemic causes—of hunger are poverty, exploitation, social and political marginalization, and structures that reinforce historic injustices. To address the root causes of hunger, power and wealth must be shared as Christ demonstrated, so that all are fed and can live fully.

Guided by our partners working on the ground to address these structural inequities, we have been invited to join in the work of resisting unfair systems and creating life-giving alternatives. Using capacity and movement building as our foundational approach, we pursue the goal of ending the systemic causes of hunger through two inter-related areas: (1) advocating for fair wages and worker rights, and (2) building just and sustainable local and regional food economies.

Root Cause Solutions

1. Advocate for Fair Wages & Worker Rights
People in the United States are hungry and impoverished because their wages are too low. We can help ensure fair prices for producers and pickers, prevent wage theft and exploitative payday lending, and advocate for minimum and living wages, while also protecting the rights of workers.

2. Build Food Sovereignty from the Ground Up
Build equitable local and regional food/farm/fishing economies everywhere, starting from where you live, while resisting the takeover of food and farm systems by giant corporations. The Eucharist is a key part of our faith, but it’s more than a Sunday ritual. For early Christians, bread was broken at every meal. We modern Christians are called to re-establish right relationship with food and to be mindful of where our food comes from, who has been involved, and how its production and distribution fulfills God’s vision of justice — or not.

This year’s special focus is the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR), which is critical for ensuring that children receive good nutrition through the school meal programs and the WIC program. The Farm to School Act is part of the CNR and provides local food to school cafeterias from nearby farmers, which is a win for children’s health, great for family farmers, and it stimulates the local economy as well.