Food

Did you know that almost one-fifth of climate change pollution comes from the food industry and our own food choices? Find out how you can help! The guides below will help you learn about the foods that are healthier for the planet, and also healthier for our bodies.

 Cool Harvest Potluck Kit — Holding a Cool Harvest Potluck is the perfect fit for faith communities that love food, and are also concerned about global warming. Follow our 5-easy steps in this guide to plan and host your own Cool Harvest Potluck dinner for friends, green team members, or for your entire congregation. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to address climate change. Bon appétit.

Recipes and Shopping Guides – Lowering your “foodprint” is a simple and tasty way to be part of the solution to climate change. Looking for inspiration? We have compiled the best sources for greening your kitchen, food choices, and recipes.

USDA Food Desert Locator — Do you live in a food desert? Can congregations in your area play a role in bringing healthy food to those within your community? Check the food desert map to see if you reside in one.  If your congregation does consider becoming a weekend or weekday hub for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), or host a Farmer’s Market if your congregation has room.

Local Farm and CSA Finder — One more way to try to lower the carbon footprint of your food is to buy local ( and organic).  The closer your food production is to your home the less trasportaion by ship, plane, train, and trucks it takes.  While some people may not have a green thumb or space to grow your own garden there are many ways you can find food produced closer to home.  Look on LocalHarvest.org to see if there are local, organic farms in your area

EPA’s Food Steward Pledge — Faith communities understand the need to care for the well-being of all people and responsible stewardship of our resources for both current and future generations. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that about 14.3 percent of households in the United States did not have regular access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that the 870 million undernourished people worldwide could be fed by wasted food.