TO DO!

 

Your participation in City Soup has prepared you to play a leading role in the effort to insure that all our neighbors are provided with the simple dignity of healthy food. Here are a few ways that you can express your leadership and commitment to ending hunger.

1. Organize and advocate!  We must make our voices heard in City Hall, Harrisburg, and Washington DC.  As people of faith, we must speak out for our sisters and brothers who are suffering, and we must challenge our leaders to adopt policies that protect the most vulnerable among us.  Within your congregation, encourage members to form committees to coordinate your anti-hunger service and advocacy activities.  Speak with other engaged congregations, and see how you can collaborate to build understanding and strengthen your efforts.

For updates about anti-hunger advocacy, consider subscribing to the following newsletters.

Sign up for the Coalition Against Hunger e-newsletter and Advocacy Alerts for that the Coalition is highlighting: org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6777/signup_page/sign-up

  • For state and federal advocacy: Feeding America:www.hungeractioncenter.org
              Click “Join Today” to register and get involved, including to receive updates and alerts.
              Look at the “Take Action”area explore in ways to take action as an advocate.

2. Become food producers!  Creating a garden at your place of worship, or encouraging your congregants to work at community gardens, connects everyone to local food sources while growing valuable produce for our food banks and food cupboards.

Follow these links for inspiration or to find out where to donate the produce you grow.

3. Spread the word!  We need your help to build the anti-hunger movement.  Reach out to other congregations, speak to your religious community’s leadership, or host dialogues about hunger.

If you are looking for a speaker about hunger, consider contacting the following organizations.

Write to local government and religious officials, or ask one of them to come and speak to your group. The question we need to ask is.."What are we going to do about this?"

4. Be a Partner!  Start or deepen a relationship with a hunger relief organization.  Find out what they need to build their capacity and what your congregation can do to share their mission.  If you are looking for a program with which to partner, contact one of the above organizations. We must believe that with God's help, and with concerted effort and partnered work, a change can be made.

5. Pray and Act...Hunger is never acceptable, especially in the proportions we are currently experiencing it!  It's time for a new plan of coordinated community action. We as people of faith must take a lead in demanding improvements.

6. Donate or volunteer if you can, to a hunger relief agency of your choice.

7. Walk+Run Against Hunger on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Learn more here: www.hungercoalition.org/story/walkrun-against-hunger

8. Commit to a Day of Prayer for an end to hunger on Friday, April; 20, 2012. Information coming to citysoupphilly.org later in March.


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