Environmental Stewardship

Buying and Sharing Food

Food nourishes our bodies and souls giving us strength to work, play, pray and enjoy our families and friends. A shared meal, like breaking bread at Communion, is a way to emotionally and spiritually connect with one another. It is chance to share our lives, our hopes, dreams and even a few good jokes. Holidays such as Christmas, Easter and of course Thanksgiving revolve around memorable meals often cooked from recipes handed down through generations. Birthdays, weddings, funerals, and the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation usually gather the family around food. Parishes host many events for their flock, from harvest festivals and Knights of Columbus breakfasts to pot-luck dinners and funeral luncheons. What they serve and from where they buy food can have great impact on the earth.
In addition, the United States bishops have said greater attention must be given to “needs of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable… We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.” Churches often have many programs including food pantries to reach out to those in need. Filling them with nutritious and locally produced food is best for them and the environment.