Food and Faith is a blog of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
The CIW’s Gerardo Reyes Chavez says the PC(USA) endorsement of the national boycott is great news for their campaign.
“We are appreciative of the hundreds of thousands of Presbyterians who have steadfastly stood beside farmworkers in making our vision of a just and dignified agricultural industry a reality through the FFP,” he said. “Today, Wendy’s has heard the call of farmworkers and Presbyterians together to take responsibility for human rights in their supply chain, and be part of a program that is ensuring justice for tens of thousands of farmworkers across Florida and the East Coast.”
Let us live up to Gerardo's words and faithfully pray and act in solidarity with the farmworkers. Here's how --
PRAY for Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program and uphold human rights, dignity and justice in anticipation of Wendy's Annual General Meeting on May 26. Learn more
ACT in solidarity with the farmworkers by calling the chair of Wendy's Board Chair, Mr. Peltz, and urge him to join the Fair Food Program and protect human rights. Download the Bulletin Insert with the phone # and suggested message.
Last week, the PC(USA) Stated Clerk, Gradye Parsons, Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Sara Lisherness, Director of Compassion, Peace & Justice, PC(USA) and Carol Winkler, Moderator of Presbyterian Women, signed onto a Faith Letter to Wendy's.
Download the 'Presbyterian Partnership in the CIW's Call to Wendy's' one-page overview of the Wendy's boycott and Presbyterian involvement.
In addition to the PC(USA) Fair Food site, just today the CIW launched the shiny new Wendy's Boycott website, where you can find everything else you need to support the campaign.
Campaign for Fair Wages!
The Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Women and the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness is joining with congregations, interfaith partners, the Alliance for Fair Food, Interfaith Worker Justice and ROC-United to advance justice in the fields and poverty reduction for all workers through fair wages.
People of faith call for justice in the fields &
living wages to end hunger!
1) Tell Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program bit.ly/pcusa-fairfood
2) Advocate to raise the minimum wage bit.ly/raise-wage
3) End wage theft www.wagetheft.org
4) Become a Worker Justice Congregation bit.ly/justice-church
5) Organize to protect workers’ rights
*** Download the PDF flyer to share with your congregation and others ***
The Food Week of Action – Sunday Oct. 12 through Sunday Oct. 19 – includes World Food Day (October 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).
Daily actions are provided below, and see the Food Week of Action page for priority action, worship materials and more: http://pcusa.org/foodweek
Valley Verde (Green Valley) is located in the Santa Clara Valley in California. PHP provided a first-time grant to them for their work in 2013 to address poverty and food insecurity among vulnerable California residents living in low-income neighborhoods in Gilroy and San Jose. Most of the participants are recent immigrants. Valley Verde provides everything they need to establish organic home gardens and the residents take it from there with support and guidance from mentors throughout the year. Here is Esperanza's story.
Esperanza, a mother of two children pictured here, is growing healthy food for her family.
Back in her home country Esperanza wanted to have a career. She went to college and studied business. When her husband decided to move to the US in search of better employment opportunities, Esperanza didn't want to follow him. But then she realized that staying alone with her daughters didn't feel right. About a year ago, she moved to the US to join her husband. At the beginning, she struggled to find a sense of community and to access healthy food for her family.
But that changed when she learned about the gardening program provided by Valley Verde. Esperanza had never gardened before, but her daughters were so enthusiastic about the program that she decided to take a chance. Valley Verde helped her plant a garden and taught her how to take care of it.
Esperanza now has two beautiful garden beds, and she is able to provide high-quality, organic vegetables to her children. The garden has helped Esperanza's family economically because she no longer has to purchase some vegetables from the store. As importantly, Esperanza feels less lonely, is active and is engaging with others in the community.
"My garden really helped me to feel better and less lonely. I see how my plants are growing and changing every day and I feel good about growing my own food. I haven't bought lettuce or cabbage for the last four months" (Esperanza, 2013).
My name is Andrew Kang Bartlett and I am grateful to have been able to serve as associate for national hunger for the past 13 years ever since Gary Cook (sitting in the pews) hired me on for a 6-month interim position. I hope you know the ‘minute’ in Minute for Mission is a euphemism. No one has ever done it in a minute, and I’ll be speaking for about 4 minutes. Also in the name of transparency – a principle seekers of justice promote – my salary is provided through One Great Hour of Sharing, and my job is to ask you to give generously to OGHS. A clear conflict of interest.
But I believe you should give generously in any case. Actually, all you need to do is read the story of Huerto de la Familia in the bulletin and you’ll be convinced. So I’ll just tell you a story.