The Love of Food

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Market Day“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

Cesar Chavez

 

I love everything about food.  I take pleasure in its aroma, taste and texture.  Where there is a gathering – wedding, baby shower, birthday, anniversary or funeral – food will be the means that brings friends and families together.

Breaking bread is a sacred trust that binds our collective spirit and opens ways in which to build bridges within our diverse communities.  We depend upon food for nourishment; we require fellowship and camaraderie for mental and spiritual well-being.

Access to food is a human right.  The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) recognizes the right to an adequate food supply. Everyone has the fundamental right to be free from hunger. While many of us enjoy an abundance of food, others have nothing to eat.  This imbalance serves as a stern reminder that our food supply is for everyone.  A world without hunger is possible.

This week will be dedicated to the enjoyment of food and the blessing of connections.  As Jamie Oliver once said, “What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it.”