Hunger: A Faith and Justice Response

Food insecurity through the lens of our Christian tradition

Hunger: A Faith and Justice Response is an eight-session program exploring the root causes of hunger and food insecurity, addressing themes such as the health consequences of food deserts, the effect of COVID-19 on hunger, and the impact of racial injustice on food insecurity. The goal of this program is to guide participants in discerning how they are called to action, regardless of whether they’re interested in advocating for just and compassionate public policies, alleviating global hunger, or responding to local food insecurity.

This program seeks to help participants to:

  • understand the causes and consequences of food insecurity,
  • create solidarity between those with access to food and those experiencing food insecurity
  • cultivate personal and group action and advocacy to end hunger.

Sessions will be held on consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 21 at the SS. Isidore and Maria Parish Center (formerly the Knights of Columbus Building), Second Floor, 2533 Main Street, Glastonbury. Registration opens June 12, 2023.

Program Outline

Thurs., Sept 21: Session 1 – Food Insecurity and Nutrition
After a brief orientation to the program, the group addresses a common misconception around the topic of hunger and food insecurity: that getting enough food means getting the right kind of food.

Thurs., Sept. 28: Session 2 – Food Deserts
Participants learn what food deserts are and how they can ensure that everyone in their communities can access healthy food.

Thurs., Oct. 5: Session 3 – Hunger and the Cost to Live
After exploring the real cost of living, participants discern how they can fight food insecurity through addressing low wages and underemployment.

Thurs., Oct. 12: Session 4 – Food Waste
Participants explore creative alternatives to food waste

Thurs., Oct. 19: Session 5 – SNAP
After hearing from a guest speaker from the local community, participants learn about SNAP, who is eligible to receive it, and how to engage in advocacy around this issue.

Thurs., Oct. 26: Session 6 – Racism and Food Insecurity
Participants learn about the racial wealth gap and explore ways to plug into the work of alleviating hunger through racial justice.

Thurs., Nov. 2: Session 7 – Food and Farming
This session explores how government policy around farming practices affects food prices and availability.

Thurs., Nov. 9: Session 8 – Advocacy and Action
Participants engage in an interactive activity to help them discern how they are being called to action.

Program sessions include:

  • Prayer and Reflection
  • Discussion of Reading
  • Faith Integration
  • Videos and Group Activities
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Guest Speaker
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