With almost one billion people facing chronic hunger and food price shocks causing further crisis in vulnerable communities, churches and individuals around the world are asked to set aside one week in October for specific reflection and action on food.
Dedicate October 10-17 2011 to worship, study, and practical action that promotes change in the way food is grown, sold, distributed and consumed. This year’s resource guide addresses the structural issues and institutions that are at the root of the current food crisis and emphasizes changes we can make individually and collectively.
This year, World Food Day, October 16, falls on a Sunday, which gives Christians an added opportunity to connect food justice with our faith. Also note that October15 is International Day for Rural Women and October 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
A resource guide in English, French and Spanish will be available at the end of August. The guide provides background to key issues in the food crisis and suggests what needs to change. The guide offers action ideas, as well as worship resources.
Begin to plan now to mark the Week of Action on Food.You may find the webinar we did on the Food Week of Action last year useful. (You'll need to give your email and name to view it.)
Ideas might include:
- Set aside the worship service on 16 October to focus on food. Begin to explore the theological connections by reading "Food for Life: A Theological Paper."
- Plan a study group or consider a film and discussion group to look at the issues of food justice locally and globally. Just Eating: Practicing Our Faith at the Table may be a good place to start. Read and subscribe to the Food and Faith Blog.
- Prepare for a church or community advocacy-related event.
- Pull together some folks to create a community garden or other faith-based initiatives. Download the Food Sovereignty for All Handbook for guidance.
- Organize a potluck meal celebrating local foods and traditions.
- Consider becoming a "Lets Move" congregation