Organizations: Food, Faith and Spirituality

From programs dedicated to the intersection of faith tradition and food to faith-based organizations that include a focus area on hunger, there is a rich tradition of service and scholarship around food and faith.


American Jewish World Service
AJWS is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to purse justice.

Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Baltimore Food & Faith Project
The Project was launched by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in the summer of 2007 and has been engaging with congregations, religious schools, and faith-based and secular organizations on a variety of food system issues by conducting educational outreach, providing technical and financial assistance, and developing and sharing resources.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies working to end global hunger.

Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) responds to the needs of people who suffer from poverty, hunger, disaster and injustice.

Church World Service
Around the world, Church World Service supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance, and educates and advocates on hunger-related issues.

Churches’ Center for Land and People
The Churches’ Center for Land and People is an ecumenical organization that brings together churches, groups and individuals to strengthen rural life and the ministries of faith communities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. The Center works to integrate earth stewardship, economic justice, community and spirituality around issues related to agriculture and food.

Come to the Table
Come to the Table is a project of the Rural Life Committee of the North Carolina Council of Churches and The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA). The project works with people of faith to relieve hunger and sustain local agriculture. The projects’ leaders include farmers, farm workers, food pantry directors, community gardeners, ministers, public employees and lay leaders.

Covenant World Relief
Covenant World Relief is the humanitarian aid ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), through its missionaries, companion churches and partner agencies, works every day to proclaim the love of God and make the world a better place to live through disaster relief and support to people who live with chronic hunger and poverty.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue,environmental ministry and public policy advocacy.

Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative
Led out of Wake Forest University by Fred Bahnson, the initiative is renewing theological education for the 21st century, we equip religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to guide congregations and other faith-based organizations into creating more redemptive food systems, where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world. 

Flourish Online
Flourish inspires and equips churches to better love God by reviving human lives and the landscapes on which they depend.

Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility
Through the lens of faith, ICCR builds a more just and sustainable world by integrating social values into investor actions. Priorities include water, food, environmental health and supply chain monitoring.

Interfaith Worker Justice
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.

Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects allowing communities to better help themselves.

Jewish Council for Public Affairs
The mission of the Council is to serve as the representative voice of the organized American Jewish community in addressing the principal mandate of the Jewish community relations field. The work of the JCPA, especially in matters relating to democratic pluralism and social justice, reflects the profound Jewish commitment to tikkun olam, the repair of the world. Their work includes advocacy around hunger and poverty, including raising awareness by asking members to host Hunger Sedars.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns: Peace, Social Justice and Integrity of Creation, is a collaborative ministry of the Maryknoll Sisters, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Through theological reflection on and systemic analysis of the reality lived and observed by Maryknoll missioners around the world, the office facilitates among Maryknollers, as Catholics and agents of Christ’s Gospel, a personal and corporate commitment to peace, social justice and the integrity of creation, including analysis of the impact of GMOs and water rights from a faith perspective.

Mennonite Central Committee
The Mennonite Central Committee supports relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. They explore the root causes of poverty and invite people to explore their own patterns of eating and consumption and work to support food justice and small farmers.

National Catholic Rural Life Conference
Placing an emphasis on challenges facing Rural Outreach and Ministry, Stewardship of Creation and Agriculture and Food, the organization is comprised of dedicated bishops, laity and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural church, rural people and their communities.

Presbyterian Hunger Program
The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is a ministry of the PC (USA) working with congregations and partners around the globe to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes. It hosts Food and Faith, the blog of the PHP.

Society of St. Andrew
The mission of the Society of St. Andrew is to introduce people to God’s grace in Jesus Christ through meeting their hungers: food for the body through gleaning fresh, nutritious produce from American farms; God’s word for the spirit; community of love for the heart; and opportunity for those who desire action.

Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the US and around the world by preparing meals and with chainsaw and mudout crews.

World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.



Updated 9/2014