In the Gospel, Jesus tells his followers that the harvest is ready but the laborers are few. Jesus may have been talking about the people ready and eager to hear about God’s justice and mercy, already in their midst. But if Jesus were among us today, at the height of harvest time, he might be more literal, reminding us that in the United States, at least 30% of all the food grown and produced goes to waste, filling landfills rather than hungry stomachs. The harvest is abundant, waiting for laborers like those who work for Second Harvest. These visionary workers save and redistribute that abundance to people who are temporarily or chronically hungry. Working together, can we help create a country and a world where no one goes hungry, especially not in the midst of plenty, and no morsel of food goes to waste?
by Mara Faulkner, OSB