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Hunger & Poverty

Remembering Elias

The people of northern Cameroon are mourning the recent passing of Elias Gondji, the architect behind a food program that has made a significant impact in communities dealing with drought and hunger issues. Gondji worked with RELUFA, a nonpartisan network of ecumenical and secular nonprofit organizations and churches.

Food and health crisis worsens for people in capital of South Sudan

Deteriorating conditions in the South Sudanese capital city of Juba have left thousands of people in desperate need of food, shelter and health services. Fighting broke out between rival factions on July 8 and while a ceasefire is currently in place, the humanitarian needs have escalated.

Hunger Action Advocate encourages churches to get involved

If Jessica Fitzgerald asks your church to get involved in hunger and poverty issues in your community, be prepared to say yes. No is not an answer she will accept. Fitzgerald is the Hunger Action Advocate for the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. It’s one of many hats she wears for the presbytery and she’s gotten quite good at it the past five years.

World Day Against Trafficking Persons is July 30

At least two and a half million people are trapped in modern-day slavery according to information released by the United Nations in 2015. One in four of those who are kidnapped, tricked or manipulated into some form of slavery such as forced labor, organ removal or prostitution is a child.

Pedal for Protein prepares for its third fundraiser to battle hunger

For the third year in a row, a group of avid cyclists between 30 and 70 years of age will take to the California roads this September to combat hunger. The Pedal for Protein ride is scheduled for September 18-22. The Presbytery of the Redwoods launched the ride two years ago to help community food pantries provide protein-rich foods to families in need.

SAFSF forum addresses race, class, gender and power in food system

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF), an organization that promotes the sustainability and the well being of people, animals, and our planet through food and agriculture systems, held its 14th annual forum recently in Louisville, KY. Its work closely aligns with the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP). PHP Associate for National Hunger Concerns, Andrew Kang Bartlett, who serves on the SAFSF Steering Committee, helped introduce this year’s forum and was among an extensive list of speakers during the three-day event.

General Assembly attendees visit Oregon Food Bank

While commissioners and advisory delegates worked hard in committees, 14 observers and mid-council staff attending the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting in Portland, Oregon worked to end hunger at the Oregon Food Bank Monday night. Joining two dozen other volunteers, the group repacked more than seven tons of carrots from 50-pound bags to more user-friendly sacks.

Fair trade businesses are showcased at the 222nd General Assembly

Where can you go to find crosses made from recycled car parts, jewelry created from rain forest seeds, or a good cup of coffee that supports farmers seeking to provide a better life for their families? If you are attending the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, you need only go as far as the exhibit hall.

Presbyterian Mission Agency staff adds support for Wendy’s boycott

Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, joined more than 60 demonstrators gathered at the headquarters of Wendy’s Corporation in Dublin, Ohio to protest and urge the company to adopt Fair Food Program practices for its purchasing of tomatoes and other produce. The protest, organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), was held May 26, 2016 to coincide with a shareholder’s meeting.