Take Action

There are lots of ways you can promote food security, stand up for food sovereignty, and support the One Human Family, Food For All campaign. Check out the ideas below.

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What can you do?

LEARN

ACT

  • Talk to your family and friends about what you've learnt.  Discuss where your own food comes from.
  • Buy local, organic or Fair Trade food.
  • Don’t waste food: plan your weekly shop, keep an eye on what’s in your fridge and pantry, and love ‘ugly’ food.
  • Reduce the amount of food going into your bin by composting your food scraps or starting a worm farm.
  • Become a food producer yourself! Start a vegetable garden in your backyard or join a local community garden.
  • If your grocery store or café doesn’t stock Fair Trade products, politely ask or write to them about stocking Fair Trade and the reasons for it.
  • Take the Keep It Simple 2-ingredient challenge.
  • Join in our social justice conversation on Facebook and Twitter
  • Pray for ‘food for all’ with your community or church group.

DONATE


Buying small-scale local, organic, and Fair Trade

You can help small-scale food producers by becoming part of a global movement for food sovereignty by buying produce that is local, organic and/or Fair Trade. You have a lot of buying power and your choices can make a big difference. Here are some of the benefits of buying local, organic, or Fair Trade food:

Small-scale local (e.g. through your local farmers market or coop):

  • Supports local economies and rural communities.
  • A chance to regain knowledge about food and develop relationships with those who grow our food.
  • Food straight from the farm is some of the freshest.
  • Buying direct from farmers keeps more profit in the hands of farmers.

Organic:

  • Reduces toxic chemicals on the land, and in the bodies of farmers, farmworkers, and those who eat the food grown.
  • Protects the soil by building nutrients, preventing erosion and protecting the soil for future harvests.
  • Promotes biodiversity.

Fair trade:

  • Buying Fair Trade products helps smaller-scale farmers receive fair prices and offers better trading conditions. Members of the ‘Fair Trade Movement’ advocate for ‘fair’ prices to farmers, better working conditions and better environmental standards. The movement focuses on products from developing countries such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea and chocolate. When you’re shopping, look out for Fair Trade products.

It isn't always easy to buy local, Fair Trade and organic, but the important thing is to make informed and ethical choices when you go shopping, and talk to your family and friends about food choices.

Whenever you buy Fair Trade, you’re supporting food sovereignty. Whenever you buy organic, you're living out one of our fundamental Catholic principles, ‘safeguarding the environment’ also known as stewardship of creation. This principle calls on us to respect, share and care for the resources of the earth, which are vital for the common good of all people.


Food for All campaign Prayer

O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.

You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and  to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.

Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food – even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.

We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.

Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.

Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All”. AMEN.


It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying from starvation. This is truly scandalous."
Pope Francis

About Food for All

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Pope Francis launched a worldwide campaign to end hunger through prayer and action. The campaign began with a global wave of prayer that swept across the world for 24 hours in over 164 countries.

You can still support the campaign and be part of a growing global movement to help bring food security and food sovereignty to all people.

Campaign resources

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Campaign Prayer

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Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Rodriguez

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Video message from Cardinal Rodriguez

 

Pope Francis campaign launch video