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Caritas on Food


In the Gospel story of the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus fed the multitude. Today, millions of people go to bed hungry even though there’s an abundance of food in this world. Caritas works on every level to ensure the hungry are fed.

As a confederation of more than 160 Catholic organisations, Caritas focuses its joint efforts on how climate change effects the ability of the world’s poor and vulnerable to feed themselves.

Food is an essential need for everyone and a lack of nutritious food not only harms health but deeply wounds people’s fundamental dignity.

Caritas advocates for the right to food, where everyone receives nutritious and adequate food.

Feed the man dying of hunger, because if you have not fed him, you have killed him (Gratian, C.21, dist. 86)

Caritas updates on Food

  • Food, war and Caritas at EXPO 2015

Food, war and Caritas at EXPO 2015

  • 29 September 2015
Caritas wants you to think about food: where it comes from, how to make sure everyone’s got enough and of the right quality, its ability to bring us together and its essential role everyone’s lives.
  • Prayer for the Care of Creation

Prayer for the Care of Creation

  • 1 September 2015
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is a time for individuals to examine their lifestyles and the way they impact the environment. Please watch a film to mark the day.
Our key areas on Food
How Caritas works on Food

Caritas addresses today’s food problems by working on the root causes of hunger and food scarcity. It promotes investment in agricultural and rural development. Part of the solution is also ensuring that communities are made less vulnerable to the more frequent extreme weather brought by climate change. Read more about these efforts here.




Download What climate change means for feeding the planet: A Caritas Internationalis reflection paper (pdf)