Words of Faith – Introduction

One thing that the holy books of the world’s great religions seem to agree on is the importance of taking care of one another and providing help – and in particular, food – to people in need.

As you read these passages, please consider not only what they have to say about whether we should be concerned about hunger – but also how they suggest that people in need should be treated. Thousands of religiously inspired anti-hunger efforts have overlooked this second point, and thus adopted practices (such as highly invasive intake processes or very strict restrictions on how often people can receive service) that conflict with the guidance provided by their sacred text. It should come as no surprise to anyone of faith that following such counter-scriptural practices tends to make success at ending hunger almost impossible.

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