Development Saturday: Community Development and Food
I have developed an obsession with the theology of food and healthy eating over the past twelve months. My thoughts haven’t quite crystalized around this issue yet. But I am hungry (pun intended) to learn more about how we honor or dishonor the image of God in us with our bodies as we eat and as we feed others.
I was excited to find out that Park Avenue UMC will be the host to the South Minneapolis Food Day event this year.
The principles of food day are to:
- Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
- Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
- Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
- Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
- Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
- Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
The event at Park Avenue will include coverage by KMOJ radio and will be discussing the following topics:
VOICE Food Day event: An African American Community Event
•Re-education on food and culture
•Connecting with source and self empowerment
•Organizing Grocery Store out-reach, re-educate about food choices and healthy options
•Organizing more intergenerational cooking classes
•Promoting local- Church Based Community Gardens and Farmers Markets for the Black Community
A food demonstration will be conducted. Organic Produce will be donated by Sisters of Camelot, so participants can try the Food Demonstration recipes at home. KMOJ radio will be present via the Community Health Dialogue which airs Mondays from 6:30pm – 7:00pm Hosted by Clarence Jones. Contact Maria Sarabia at 612-673-3863 for more information.
I’m looking forward to being able to write more about food theology in the coming months.