Food Justice Action Group


Feeding People Experiencing Homelessness – A complete meal is given and served to the residents of the St. Vincent’s Apple St. shelter on the second Saturday of each month. Members of the congregation sign up to provide a portion of the meal, usually about 20 servings of a particular dish. Members also help serve the meal and engage in conversation with the residents. Sign-up sheets and instructions are in the Social Action area in the Gathering Space every Sunday and in MVUUF communications. Contact Lynn Buffington to volunteer.

Fair Trade Coffeecoffee – Fair Trade coffee is sold in the Gathering Space on the first Sunday of every month. Fair trade certification ensures that no slave, forced or child labor is used. Under fair trade, workers and small growers generally receive higher compensation, and often some fair trade profits go to community projects such as water wells and health clinics.   Social Action Committee activities benefit from the small commissions received from our Fair Trade coffee sales. Contact Lynn Buffington to volunteer or order coffee.

Serving People Living with Mental Health Disorders – On the third Monday of the month, several MVUUF volunteers prepare and serve lunch at The Castle in Centerville and socialize with diners. Some MVUUF members visit The Castle at other times. The Castle is a safe haven for their members, supporting people with mental illness and disorders to achieve their highest level of competence and independence. Contact Mary Lou Heitkamp to participate.

House of Bread –  MVUUF members and friends are invited to volunteer preparing and serving meals at the House of Bread. Contact Mike Fanelli for more information.

Eliminating Food Deserts – MVUUF actively supports Gem City Market, a worker and member-owned full service grocery store on Salem Avenue close to downtown, which opened on May 12, 2021.

Eat Less Meat– All are urged to find ways that work for them to eat less meat and, especially to eat less beef. Animal agriculture is estimated to contribute 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. Good sources of information are the following articles, 10 Reasons to Eat Less Meat and Carbon Footprint Factsheet. The former resource also includes recipes. The Social Action Committee usually contributes helpful cookbooks to the annual MVUUF auction.