Food Justice

Farmers harvesting eggplants
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Page updated 22 October 2022; Burlington Presbyterian Church

“Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God.” At the Presbyterian church in Burlington, MA, a commitment to food justice is an important, long-standing ministry of the congregation. This page highlights ways we’ve been involved in food justice and how you can be too.

Holy Spirit nourish and encourage us so that we may pour out our lives in Christ’s name, as Christ does on behalf of those who hunger. For hope. For justice. For daily bread. So that it will be on earth as it is in heaven. Now and always.

People Helping People logo links to their website

We support People Helping People, sponsor of the Burlington Food Pantry, 21 Murry Ave., Burlington, MA. The pantry serves 150 to 200 Burlington families per month, ~550 people; there has been a 30% increase in food requests due to COVID-19. Of those served, 40% are children and 15% are seniors. Learn more about the Food Pantry, their current needs, and donate by clicking on their logo. Go to the People Helping People Facebook Page for additional news and information.

Burlington Food Pantry

Jane McIninch, discusses the Food Pantry, Covid safety, and fundraising.

Burlington Buzz Podcast logo, links to interview with food pantry manager

You can listen to a 25-minute podcast featuring an interview with Julie Lewis, Burlington Food Pantry Manager. The interview by host, Nicci Kadilak, for the Burlington Buzz was recorded April 17, 2022. Click here or on the Burlington Buzz logo to listen.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Watch this short video on our relationship with two CSA operations. Read more below.

Farmer Dave's logo - image of fresh produce
Click on the logo to visit Farmer Dave’s

See Farmer Dave’s website for farm share dates, pick-up times and locations.

The Presbyterian Church in Burlington, MA partners with Farmer Dave’s CSA as a weekly pick-up site for Burlington and surrounding communities. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a farm and a community of consumers, with no middlemen. Paying for produce upfront, consumers become “shareholders” of the farm’s harvest, receiving a share of the harvest each week during the growing season. Farmer Dave follows sustainable agricultural practices and has donated over a million pounds of produce to area food banks and pantries. Farmer Dave’s CSA is featured in this WCVB-TV segment on year-round farming in New England.

Lilac Hedge Farm logo links to their website.
Click on the logo to visit

Our church is also a pick-up site for a meat and egg CSA operated by Lilac Hedge Farm in Holden, MA. The farm employs sustainable, environmentally sensitive, pasture-raised, humane practices without the use of added growth hormones.

Weekly Farmer Dave food pick-up at the church.
Weekly Farmer Dave Food Pick-up at the Church

Our congregation’s history of food justice ministry and advocacy was featured in the April 2021 newsletter of Presbyterians for Earth Care. Our relationship with Farmer Dave’s CSA was highlighted, along with the Burlington Food Pantry and other ways we have made food justice an important part of our work and witness in Burlington.

Project Bread Logo
Matthew 25 logo - stylized people joined in circle

Bread for the World is a Christian organization urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Churches and charities alone can’t end hunger; our government must also do its part. By clicking on the Bread for the World logo, you can send a personalized email to your representatives and senators urging them to support legislation to fight hunger.

A template with specific wording is provided which you can edit to personalize. Filling in your name and address in the form automatically addresses the letter to your representatives; you don’t have to fill in their names. You’ll need to have your full 9-digit ZIP code (e.g., 01803-2345) because zip codes can be split between more than one congressional district. You can look up your 9-digit ZIP code here.

Stylized fish and bread logo for the Bread for the World organization
Other Local, Regional & International Opportunities

The Dwelling Place is a soup kitchen in Woburn center at the United Methodist Church, 523 Main Street. Free hot dinners are prepared by members of local churches and organizations for individuals and families in need. Dinner is served three nights a week and everyone is welcome. If you have a PayPal account, you can donate by clicking on the Dwelling Place logo.

Steaming bowl of soup; logo for the Dwelling Place in Woburn; link directs to PayPal donation site

The Greater Boston Food Bank works passionately to end hunger across Eastern Massachusetts by providing neighbors in need healthy food and resources they need to thrive. Learn more about their work, with an opportunity to give, by clicking on their logo.

Stylized wheat logo for Greater Boston Food Bank
Women's Lunch Place logo

The Women’s Lunch Place, housed at the Church of the Covenant in downtown Boston opened its doors in 1982 to serve women a hot lunch in a safe welcoming place. They’ve grown into a vibrant, supportive day community open six days a week serving breakfasts and lunches, and providing other basic necessities and services that help restore dignity and hope. Last year they prepared and served 104,715 meals to over 1,500 women. Learn more about their work, with an opportunity to give, by clicking on their logo.

Boston Food Justice YAV Program
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