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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

  • Paris climate summit: an opportunity for a unified humanity

Paris climate summit: an opportunity for a unified humanity

  • 24 November 2015
Caritas and CIDSE say that the UN climate summit in Paris (COP21) needs to respond to the urgency of dangerous climate change but also serve as a milestone for creating a unified vision for the future of humanity leaving no one behind.
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)