Food Justice

Farmers harvesting eggplants
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Page updated 02 May 2021; 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.

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Food Pantry Volunteer

In this video, Jane McIninch, Burlington Food Pantry Co-coordinator and a member of our congregation, discusses the Pantry, efforts to keep everyone safe, program modifications, and fundraising in response to COVID-19.

Monthly Food Drive: We support the Burlington Food Pantry, with a monthly, contact-free, drive-by food collection in our parking lot the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 am. Drive up to the front door, pop open your trunk, and volunteers will collect your donation. Please only donate NON-PERISHABLE items that are not expired or opened. Look here for generally needed items at the Food Pantry. For most current need, go to the People Helping People Facebook Page and scroll down for updates.

Grocery bag full of food

Watch this short video on our relationship with two nearby Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations. You can read more below.

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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.

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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.

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This is the 53rd year The Walk for Hunger is taking place in Massachusetts, and the 2nd year the event will be Virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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