Food provides far more than nutrition. It is a vehicle for connection, and an engine for social inclusion, and has the opportunity to address deeper needs such as meaning, beauty, and hope.
Growing and sharing food cultivates essential attitudes of abundance and hospitality, of mutuality and resilience, of thankfulness and celebration. Food roots us in the land and in community. Food connects us across generations, cultures, and socio-economic divides.
All members of our community have a right to food based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
St. Cuthbert's has a very active food security program. We have grown hundreds of pounds of produce (tomatoes, garlic, okra) every year that is donated to the local food banks.
We cook healthy meals several times a year at Kerr Street Mission food kitchen to provide a meal for those who would otherwise not have one.