“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:37-40
This week, we’ve been reading about some of the issues related to hunger, including the federal SNAP program (read about it here and here), the problem with three day weekends, an ecumenical hunger ministry, and even about food waste.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
As we sit with the stories and the perspectives that have been shared, reflect on the following questions:
1. How do your local schools address the issue of children whose families are food insecure? Are there programs in place?
“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.” – Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut
2. What does ‘food justice’ look like for people who don’t have enough to eat?
“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
3. As followers of Jesus, what is our responsibility in the face of children, the elderly, or anyone who does not have enough to eat?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, anthropologist
Lenten Calendar for MARCH 14
Shop around the perimeter of the grocery store when you grocery shop this weekend. Avoid processed foods.
We need your stories!
We’re already looking ahead to the 40 Days for Food Justice Project for 2016 and we’re looking for more stories, experiences, prayers and resources about food justice and food injustice.
If you would like to contribute – or would like to recommend a contributor – please send us an email and let us know.
In addition to being the founder and editor-in-chief of the “40 Days for Food Justice Project”, the Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet is a mom, a Presbyterian pastor, and a certified Health Coach. She does ministry with and among the good people of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Illinois, where she gets her hands dirty in the community garden and, every Sunday, preaches with bare feet. She treasures family time, relishes every opportunity to teach and write about food justice, and loves to play outside with her dogs. Find out more about her at www.AnInBetweenPlace.com