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Caritas on Food

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

  • “On the care of our Common Home” gallery

“On the care of our Common Home” gallery

  • 18 June 2015
Pope Francis’ new encyclical is an urgent call to debate the issue of human ecology and our relationship with the environment. It is called “Laudato Si’, On the Care of our Common Home”.
  • Caritas and climate change FAQs

Caritas and climate change FAQs

  • 18 June 2015
The world’s poorest people are being hit hardest by climate extremes. Typhoons and floods destroy entire communities, damaging homes and property. Drought, erratic rainfall, or unpredictable growing seasons lead to smaller harvests, or no harvests at all--leaving millions hungry.
  • Not “by bread alone”

Not “by bread alone”

  • 16 June 2015
By serving the poor we serve our Master. We deliver a message of hope, just like Pope Francis will do with his encyclical and has been doing ever since his election. In this way, we are truly Caritas.
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.

Resources

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