I'm making my rounds at Safeway, shopping for my church's community meal. In the produce section—where I am forbidden to ask for donations—I see two heaping boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables headed to the trash.
Food unites mainline Protestants, Daniel Sack argues in this engaging account of the role played by food in white, middle-class churches--what the author affectionately calls "whitebread Protestants." Touching on a variety of topics ranging from communion practices, to inner-city soup kitchens, to fellowship meals, Sack presents a culinary montage that reveals the deep symbolic and theological
The community meal our church hosts--a modest operation that
serves four free meals a week to about 50 guests--has recently lost its main
source of donations. For several years, we've received big boxes of discarded
produce--lettuce, peppers, asparagus, chiles, tomatoes, potatoes, whatever was
being gleaned from the store shelves--from our local chain grocery.
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