Jenny Holmes, Director of Environmental Ministries
“The Food Sovereignty Summit brought together congregations from all over the state to expose them to the possibilities within their congregations or expand what they are doing. The Summit built the foundation for other programs – ie: obesity program and the Congregational Wellness Index, which support or inhibit healthy choices around food and physical activities. That also led to new community gardens, which encouraged congregations to think more deeply about their environments and their resources and how that can support health and access to food and economic opportunity.
“Overall, it has been amazing to watch the domino effect. In Portland, the youth will go into a congregation and just ask to use the space! It is so important to just get the ideas out there and use existing resources to build community food security.”