“Food Matters” is an ongoing project co-ordinated by the Committee for Social Responsibility that aims to highlight our relationship with food and the importance of living sustainably.
Food Matters will:
- Raise awareness amongst churches across the diocese on principles of food sustainability. (E.g. using local produce; building up skills and assets in local communities; addressing issues of inequality and fairness in the food chain; reducing waste.)
- Build on expertise and resources within our churches to highlight best practice.
- Reflect theologically on the place of food within our own Christian stewardship and discipleship.
- Encourage churches to work in partnership within their local community. E.g. through a community garden, school’s garden or foodbank.
During the year there will be a range of activities to help us focus on food within our families, our churches and our communities. The following activities may inspire you to get involved in your parish or school:
Lent Challenges - we want to encourage people across the Diocese to undertake a practical lent challenge by living on less in Lent.
Fairtrade Bake-Off We are encouraging churches, schools and youth groups to run a Fairtrade Bake-Off event and to think about the impact that choosing Fairtrade ingredients can make.
Focus on Food- We have asked amateur photographers to take photos to capture the seasons at locations around the diocese where food is being grown.
Food Matters Booklet
A collection of stories on differant issues surrounding food to inspire and encourage churches, and to raise awareness of food sustainability. Download the booklet here
Here are Bible passages to link to the theme of food.
- Meals with a Message
- Hospitality in the Gospel of Luke
- Christian Aid - recipes, reflections and Bible Study resources
Food sustainability focuses on 5 broad areas:
- Health & Well-being
- Environmental sustainability
- Local economic prosperity
- Resilient communities
- Fairness in the food chain.
As part of Food Matters we will be raising questions and issues within these areas, particularly looking at:
- Food poverty and the role of foodbanks.
Food waste – our response