is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.[i]"
As Presbyterians, we must find solidarity with such a movement as this. We are called by God - a God made manifest in Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, to feed the hungry in effort to proclaim God's in-breaking reign on earth. A proven, successful way to help families by means of basic nutrition is through a robust Farm Bill. If you have been following our updates, you know that Congress has let the 2008 Farm Bill expire. Many programs have already lost funding for the rest of this year, and if nothing is done in the lame-duck session, more programs could be at risk. It could potentially cut research and development, conservation programs, as well as assistance for beginning farmers.
In the spirit of Food Day, we invite you to join the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition (NSAC) in signing a petition to demand from Congress a robust Farm Bill. The link to the petition can be found here.
As we continue our day, let us be in an attitude of prayer as we lift up those in our own country that are hungry. Hear this blessing from the Presbyterian Hunger Program's worship resource for Food Week of Action[ii]:
"Longing for food, many are hungry;
Longing for water, many still thirst;
Make us your bread broken for others,
Shared until all are fed."