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Fall for Food

World Food DayPresbyterian Hunger Program: The national church reminds us that next week (Oct 12 through 19) is Food Week of Action, including:

  • World Food Day (October 16)
  • International Day for Rural Women (October 15)
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).

“RESILIENCY is the focus for this year’s Food Week of Action:

  • Resilient livelihoods, communities and relationships
  • Resilient farming production and food chains
  • Resiliency promoted through policy

Increasing resiliency brings food security, health and a sustainable future. To get there the program pledges to support:  food democracy; sustainable, agroecological food production; climate change adaptation; fair wages for food workers; fair prices for farmers; less food waste; policies that promote these goals!”

Find out more at this link: Food Week of Action & World Food Day!

 

How does MPC/HAWG help achieve these goals? Summer activities for HAWG included promotion of sharing over-abundance from home gardens and the MPC garden, 10297489803_15464c4a0c_mboth with each other and with our neighbor Fruitvale Food Pantry (see more below). Providing needy people with healthy, homegrown food that might otherwise just go to a compost pile is one small step we’ve taken.

 

Fruitvale Food Pantry (COPE): The 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11-12 am, we distribute food to local people at the former Fruitvale Presbyterian Church (2735 MacArthur).  Come join us!  It’s easy!  There is also a clothing rack there if you have clothes to donate.  We usually serve around 60 people, more near the holidays.  On Sept.27, the MPC Youth came and made sandwiches for people waiting in line.  We give out food to take home and prepare for the week to come.  But, it’s always nice when we can provide some extra friendliness in the form of food to eat as a meal while they’re waiting to go through the pantry. Any other group who’d like to come and serve hot/ready food would be welcome!  To volunteer, you can always just drop in any time, but if you want to be scheduled to come, contact Deborah Brooks.

Alameda County Community Food Bank: We have started another fun-raiser to benefit the ACCFB: PLAY BALL! Similar to our successful World Cup Soccer Food competition during July, you can play by brining in cans of food or pay for tickets. You vote for the team you want/expect to win, and the three highest numbers of tickets in the winning jar at the end of the series win the prizes.