* Serve healthy, local food for social hour, church potlucks, Bible School snacks, etc. Educate about the source and nutrition of the food.
* Create snacks and refreshments that mark the Liturgical Year Using:
Jan Wilson's: Feasting for Festivals: Customs and Recipes to Celebrate
the Christian Year or, Biblical Garden Cookery, by Eileen Gaden
* Serve and sell fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate
* Order fair trade products at: http://www.lwrcoffee.com/
* Eliminate Styrofoam and use re-usable dishes.
* Invite members of the congregation to contribute mugs. Provide a mug rack and use these mugs during coffee hour.
* Encourage people to bring their own plates, cups, and utensils to meals.
* Compost food waste
howtocompost.org HYPERLINK "http://www.cityfarmer.org" www.cityfarmer.org
Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System by Mary Appelhof
HYPERLINK "http://www.composting101.com" www.composting101.com
* Rid church of vending machines.
* Create a church cookbook and invite members to contribute their favorite recipes.
* Plan a community trip to a local farm or orchard
* Plan activities that get people out in nature! Swimming, sledding, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, outdoor picnic, apple-picking…
* Host a vegetarian potluck. Educate about the environmental impact of meat. www.meatlessmonday.com
* Throw a “Sustainable Dinner Party”
HYPERLINK "http://www.sustainabletable.org/spread/kits/" http://www.sustainabletable.org/spread/kits/
* Sponsor a food drive. Encourage people to bring healthy, wholesome food.
* Form Dinner Groups within the congregation as a way of connecting new members and visitors to the church family. Plan meals by committee to insure healthy/mindful food choices and preparation and also to promote unity.
* Have an annual Church-wide Progressive Dinner at harvest time which focuses on seasonal foods. Locate each course at member's gardens or farms. Or pre-arrange to eat each course at a different whole foods store or restaurant.
* Plan the annual church picnic to coincide with the local Farmer's Market, or arrange to meet and eat at a nearby CSA farm. (Community Supported Agriculture)