Faith communities across religious traditions play an influential role in the food system by addressing the symptoms and root causes of hunger, poverty, chronic disease, malnutrition, obesity, and environmental degradation. The Bridging Food and Faith Program aims to learn from the experience of faith communities, which include and are not limited to places of worship, faith-based nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs of faith. The program aims to bridge the gaps between research, policy, and practice by drawing connections between practitioners, academics, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers across faith traditions. To inform this work, the WFPC is engaging in a stakeholder mapping and analysis to identify the key and innovative players in this space, determine the connections between the players, and discern opportunities for future partnerships and collaboration.
Engagement with the food system stems from faith convictions and the accompanying desire to improve human and environmental health and well-being. Faith-based interventions include emergency food provision, active living and healthy eating programs, and partnerships with local farmers, food hubs, food entrepreneurs, and food councils.