Each Host Site in the Boston Food Justice YAV Program is a collaboration between a Presbyterian congregation and one or more community organizations working on food justice issues. This year, the BFJYAVs will contribute their time and talents to a number of churches and community organizations:
People Helping People and Burlington Presbyterian Church
People Helping People and Burlington Presbyterian Church are working together to form the Burlington site this year. People Helping People is a nonprofit committed to meeting the food, medical, and heat/utility needs of Burlington residents. The YAV working at this site serves in People Helping People’s food pantry. Burlington Presbyterian Church is a faith community that demonstrates their commitment to creation care and community engagement by hosting Farmer Dave’s CSA. The YAV placed in Burlington will provide local families with nutritious food, develop programs that promote healthy lifestyles, assist with management of the CSA, and provide members of Burlington Presbyterian Church opportunities to engage and explore food justice issues.
The Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline Initiative and the First Presbyterian Church in Brookline
The Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline Initiative and the First Presbyterian Church in Brookline are a new collaboration working together to form our second 2015-2016 YAV site. The Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline Initiative is an effort by the Brookline Community Mental Health Center to bring Brookline together to “expand and create learning, participation, and leadership opportunities for financially-challenged women and girls, building on the resiliency and strength of the whole community.” In particular, the YAV serving at this site is assisting with the Healthy Food and Lifestyle Working Group. This entails collaborating with the local food pantry, helping to organize “Listening and Learning” Dinners for women in the community, working on a proposal for a NEW community garden, creating a variety of food justice resources, and much more! The First Presbyterian Church in Brookline is “a community called together to worship God, to follow Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to live with–and for–others as thoughtful disciples.” The YAV will be helping the congregation to explore and engage food justice issues.
My Brother’s Keeper and Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (Easton)
My Brother’s Keeper and Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church have come together to form another new partnership–resulting in our third YAV site for the year. My Brother’s Keeper is a Christian ministry of loving service and education. They deliver food and furniture to local individuals in need. The YAV serving at this site is assisting with answering food assistance calls, making food deliveries, and supervising a diverse, part-time volunteer corps. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church is a “caring, casual, and multi-cultural” congregation located in Easton, MA. The YAV serving at this site is assisting with running the church’s community garden and helping the congregation to explore and engage food justice issues.