Curious about how your congregation can work to address food justice issues?
Here are some helpful recommendations:
1.Feed One Another
- Serve fair trade coffee, tea, and hot chocolate at coffee hour (Check out how you can purchase fair trade beverages through the Presbyterian Coffee Project, a partnership between the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Equal Exchange)
- Bake communion bread together at church or purchase communion bread from a local bakery that treats its employees fairly. Use glass communion cups or serve by intinction.
- Contribute high-quality, nutritious food and local produce to food pantries
- Serve healthy, fairly-traded and locally-grown (when possible) snacks and meals during coffee hour and potlucks. Consider an all-vegetarian or all-vegan potluck.
- Reduce paper waste by using reusable dishware and utensils at coffee hour, potlucks and other food-related events. And reduce food waste by composting food scraps after a community meal.
2. Learn Together
- Participate in a food-themed book discussion (click here for a list of suggested books)
- Organize a Bible study examining the relationship between faith and food justice and simple living (click here for suggested Bible studies)
- Screen a food-themed documentary followed by a discussion (click here for a list of suggested documentaries)
- Take an educational field trip to a community garden or farm, food pantry, food bank, day shelter, farmer’s market, food co-op or other food-related organization to learn first-hand about food justice issues affecting your local community.
3. Act for Justice
- Host a CSA or Farmer’s Market in your community
- Plant an herb garden or community garden
- Host a community meal
- Participate in Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters
- Advocate for the hungry by writing letters to Congress through Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters
- Help end hunger in Massachusetts by participating in Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger
- Volunteer with an organization addressing food justice issues
- Take a field trip to a local farmer’s market
- Reduce, reuse, recycle…and compost!
- Talk to other churches about what they’re doing
- In very Presbyterian fashion, create a committee to further explore the issue
4. Host a Boston Food Justice YAV and/or support the BFJYAV Program with your prayers and financial contributions!