Posted by: DCox | August 13, 2009

Faith and Food (report from IATP)

CSA 3The marriage of a couple of my favorite things – food and communities of faith. I’ve copied the introduction from a report recently published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (Minneapolis located non-profit) entitled, Faith and Food: Action Strategies for Healthy Eating by David Rosmann and Heather Schoonover.

CSAIntroduction: We live in an era when food is being discussed as never before. Where was my food grown and how was it grown? How can we ensure that all people have access to healthy food? Are our daily eating practices reflective of our spiritual beliefs? How can food be a vehicle for putting those beliefs into practice?

Across the country, faith communities are putting their beliefs about food and healthy eating into action. Some are offering healthier food at church events. Others host a farmers market, connect their members with local sources of halal or kosher foods, or grow food at a church garden that they contribute to a neighborhood food shelf.

In the following pages, you will find examples of how faith organizations are building community—and healthier lives—through food. We hope these stories will inspire you to build new bridges between your faith and your food. You will find a resource list at the end to connect you with additional ideas and information.
Of course, this report is just a snapshot of what is happening in the faith community to improve access to healthy food. We invite you to share with others what your faith community is doing to improve access for all to healthy food. Visit www.iatp.org/faith and tell us your story. We hope to continue to add new, inspiring stories to the list of case studies highlighted in this report.

A missionary I met in Port-au-Prince in 1999 was in the process of returning home after a number of years in Haiti. He was working for the Mennonite Central Committee and his heritage was Mennonite – he was returning to a CSA farm outside Winnipeg with the intent of providing a place for people to find rest and a deeper relationship with food and our Provider. I don’t recall the exact words he used, but he understood the need for us humans to live more integrated lives.


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