The “40 Days for Food Justice” project is a free, online Lenten resource for use in teaching, worship, or devotional practice, which presents a variety of different voices speaking out on behalf of food justice, as well as a wide range of food justice resources.
The voices speaking through the “40 Days for Food Justice” project will be offering their perspective on food justice: what food justice means to them and where they see people and communities at work to promote greater food justice.
A full understanding of this phrase – food justice – sometimes eludes people of faith, in part because the number of topics covered by the “food justice umbrella” are so diverse and wide reaching. The “40 Days for Food Justice” project will attempt both to acknowledge the diversity of issues, as well as give concrete, personal examples that will allow users to see the people affected by these issues.
We hope the project will introduce online visitors to the site to the diverse implications of our food and food policy choices, as well as the ways we each can work for greater food justice. This wide range of topics will include: fair trade, food waste, environmental implications, hunger and poverty, social and racial food inequality, congregational or community food justice projects, SNAP, food pantries and soup kitchens, farm-to-table and farm-to-school programs, biodiversity vs. monocultures, GMOs, school nutrition, fair food campaigns, and many more.
The “40 Days of Food Justice” project was founded by the Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet, who serves as its editor-in-chief. The project receives ongoing support from Patheos and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Illinois. The project was funded in part by the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing and the Presbytery of Northern Plains.