The Baltimore Food and Faith Project (BFFP) was launched by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in the summer of 2007 and remains a key initiative of Center's Food Communities and Public Health Program. Since it began, the BFFP has been engaging with congregations, religious schools, and faith-based and secular organizations on a variety of food system issues related to environmental stewardship, social and economic justice, health and nutrition, hunger and community food security, and farm animal welfare. By conducting educational outreach, providing technical and financial assistance, and developing and sharing resources, the BFFP has been building a dynamic network that can exchange insights and work together for positive food system change.
To date, representatives from approximately 225 area congregations have attended our programs; we have funded or otherwise supported the creation and maintenance of 44 faith community gardens; around 2,000 people have heard our message through speaking engagements or at various events; and over 500 people subscribe to our listserv and receive our quarterly newsletter. Additionally, maintaining active partnerships with local emergency food service providers, other educational institutions, public schools, Master Gardeners, governmental agencies, and various media outlets helps ensure that our work is useful and wanted within the community.
Through our collective efforts, the BFFP helps individuals and institutions consider the moral and religious implications of the way that we, as a society, produce and distribute our food, and works to translate those values into action.
What is the food system and what does food have to do with faith?
A group of dedicated individuals who represent several of Baltimore's faith communities advise the Baltimore Food and Faith Project and help with outreach and recruitment of other congregations and organizations who have an interest in participating in the Project. Advisory Committee members occasionally offer technical assistance, speak at gatherings and review materials. The Committee is made up of both clergy and laypeople, farmers and community activists, and we are thrilled and honored to have had their support throughout the Project.