The New York Times recently had an article on a farmers’ market in Chicago sponsored by Trinity United Church of Christ. The church’s support of this market has allowed the church to address a number of issues:
It helps support the precarious livelihood of the farmers, and it addresses the congregation’s need for fresh produce in an expanse of the South Side considered a ‘food desert’ for its paucity of supermarkets and greengrocers.
Addressing the underlying injustices involved in food and agricultural systems as well as recognizing the right of everyone to have access to fresh and healthy food is an important component in the greater Church’s mission. Churches around the country are finding numerous innovative ways to address food justice and food sovereignty issues in their communities, and this is a great example.