LABC Update – June 15, 2022
June 14, 2022
The article below, published this past Monday by the Alban Institute, highlights the need for ministries like that of the LABC Hunger Task Force.
Food insecurity, faith and God’s abundance
As the federal government races to restock store shelves with infant formula, many people are experiencing an unprecedented encounter with food insecurity. Sadly, food shortages are not new. Even before the COVID-19 supply chain-induced delays, food insecurity was endemic in certain communities. Millions of adults and children live in food deserts — geographic areas in which residents have few convenient options for reasonably priced and wholesome food.
A constellation of economic, health and social factors influence food insecurity. Among the leading issues are poverty, unemployment, insufficient income, lack of access to healthcare, systemic racial bias and racial discrimination. We actually know the social, political, educational and economic levers to address some of these factors. And we can be grateful, as the resources below suggest, that innovative and compassionate people are bringing real solutions to bear on solvable food problems. We also know that congregations have a role to play in relieving food insecurity.
In the Old and New Testaments, one of God’s most generous gifts to God’s people was a stable source of food. In Exodus, God fed the Israelites every day for 40 years during their wilderness sojourn. Jesus had compassion on a famished multitude by distributing such a large quantity of bread and fish that the disciples had leftovers.
Food nourishes our physical bodies, but it does so much more. Given the abundance in our world, feeding is a faithful act of justice. What would you discover if you reflected with your leaders about compassionate responses to food insecurity? The following questions might be used as conversation starters:
- When you think about communities around or near your church, where are the food deserts?
- What are the summer food resources for local school children who are on free lunch programs during the school year?
- Who is working to address food insecurity in your area, and how can your congregation partner with them?
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