We are grateful for the things we have accomplished together:

March 2010 - City Soup educational website launched: 35 Congregations initially participate, $5000 raised

November 2010 - 5000 postcards delivered to Congress for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Many people sign cards and act!

April 2011 - First-ever Philadelphia "Interfaith" Prayer Breakfast Leading Toward Hunger Free Communities held at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. 150 religious leaders and persons of faith attend, and Joel Berg, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Congressman Chaka Fattah speak.

September 2011 - Preparation of Interfaith Religious Leaders to Preach "Food Justice" on World Food Day, October 2011

October through December 2011 - 40,000 Orange Card postcards distributed throughout Philadelphia city and region during the launch of the Orange Card Campaign. Over 300 organizations, congregations, universities and campus ministries participated. 'Ask' is for a better organized, solutions-oriented plan for hunger alleviation. Believed to be the largest postcard campaign ever undertaken. Meeting with the Mayor's Chief of Staff occurred in late December 2011. We wait in determined anticipation for a "Commitment to Plan," not unlike that referenced below!

January 19,2012 - From the US Conference of Mayors: "U.S. mayors recently met in Washington, DC to launch a food policy task force, which will share information on food policy projects that work as well as help ensure that federal food policy supports local food efforts. Starting in 2009, Baltimore, Maryland developed its own food policy initiative, involving city departments of health, planning, sustainability and development and an advisory group of more than 30 organizations. "It's starting to become a growing movement, which is exactly what we would like it to be," said Holly Freishtat, director of the city's Food Policy Initiative."

We have much yet to do together!

Thank you for committing to the journey, and please keep moving with this issue.






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