As Thanksgiving approaches, many United Church people and communities of faith use this time to express gratitude to God for all they have been given. In gratitude, people of faith are also called to help create a world where none live in scarcity.
The gospel teaches “care for the most vulnerable members of society and a just sharing of wealth,” said Moderator Richard Bott in his recent video message (above). Access to food is a basic right; however, climate change, conflict, and growing inequality around the world means that the most vulnerable people don’t have enough food.
World Food Day is observed on October 16 each year and World Food Sunday is celebrated on the third Sunday in October (the Sunday after Thanksgiving). World Food Sunday is an opportunity to pray and reflect on the call of people of faith to a robust and compassionate response to hunger.
Learn More: World Food Sunday Resources and Ideas
- Prayer for Food Security
- Bulletin insert Addressing Global Hunger (under Downloads, below)
- Worship and related resources related to food and World Food Sunday
- Your gifts to Mission & Service help support global partners working towards hunger eradication.
- Gifts with Vision allows you to provide extra support for specific Mission & Service partner activities. There are several food-related gifts available.
- The United Church has adopted food sovereignty as a framework to help foster more just food systems in Canada and around the world (search “food sovereignty” on United Church Commons to learn more).
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
The United Church collaborates with Mission & Service partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to address global hunger by providing food during humanitarian emergencies, helping farmers to feed themselves and their families through conservation agriculture, and generating income by selling what they grow in markets. In this recent video message, Moderator Richard Bott thanks United Church people for their support of CFGB. Recent blog posts Women Farmers Lead the Way and Why I Support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank also highlight the global work of this partner towards ending hunger.
Other United Church Partners
Many United Church global partners work to address issues of food security. Partners involved in this work include
- ACT Alliance
- The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK)
- The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC)
- ECLOF International
- Asian Rural Institute (ARI)
- People's Action Forum (PAF)
- Women for Change (WfC)
For more information, contact