Food Security and Nutrition

Food security and nutrition is fundamental for healthy communities, and many faith-based organizations are heavily involved in this area.

CCIH Resources

Webinar: Global Nutrition and the Work of Faith Groups from Programs to Policy

Nicole Coglianese of Food for the Hungry shared what nutrition looks like within FH’s Food for Peace, Title II Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) program. Ryan Quinn of Bread for the World discussed how legislation facilitates the United State’s work on global nutrition and other hunger issues. He also explored reforms to food aid programs that would strengthen this work, and steps that you can take to encourage your representatives to support these changes.

Feeding the Hungry: A Fundamental Christian Calling | October 2017 | This fact sheet gives a Biblical case for feeding the hungry, describes current U.S. efforts to address world hunger, makes the case for U.S. support of hunger programs from a Christian, humanitarian, and national security perspective and advocates for policies that to maintain those programs.

Upcoming Training

Introduction to Disaster and Refugee Response: Sphere International Standards | by Christian Health Service Corps | This course is based on the internationally-used Sphere Handbook and explores principles and practice of crisis response in life-saving areas of Health Action, Nutrition and Food Security, WASH, and Shelter. Check listing for upcoming dates.

FBO Resources

Alliance to End Hunger Youth Opportunity Resource Inventory | This easy-to-use search tool is for youth aged 13 to 25 to discover ways to end hunger in their local and global communities. These opportunities range from service trips and volunteer opportunities, to internships, scholarships, and grants.

Bread for the World | Bread for the world has information on advocating for food security, nutrition and issues of hunger in the United States and around the world.  The website includes facts and action steps.

Samaritan’s Purse:

Emergency Food Security projects

Longer term food security projects that focus on agriculture, livelihoods, livestock management

Webinar: Breastfeeding in Limited-Resource Settings, January 2017. Julie Tanaka, MPH, MBA, Senior International Nutrition Advisor for Samaritan’s Purse presents “Breastfeeding in Limited-Resource Settings: What Every Clinician Needs to Know.”


How Self-Help Groups Strengthen Resilience: Tackling Food Insecurity in Protracted Cases in Ethiopia | 2017 | In 2015 and 2016, Ethiopia experienced two consecutive years of drought, affecting a large proportion of the population. This report looks at how self-help groups (SHGs) – a form of community-based approach to microfinance – contribute to the resilience of rural communities to shocks and stresses. It focuses on Tearfund’s SHG work, and uses innovative ‘serious game’ methodology to test assumptions about the role of SHGs in building resilience in Wolayita, Ethiopia.

World Vision

World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine | World Vision’s “go hungry so others don’t have to” is an effort for youth groups to experience what it is like to be hungry, while raising awareness and funds to fight hunger and poverty around the world.

Reducing Stunting in Children through HTSP | Stunting is a serious global health problem that impacts 159 million children under the age of 5. Stunting is the result of poor nutrition and other factors during pregnancy and a child’s early years that lead to children having shorter stature, cognitive delays, and irreversible physical and mental impairments that hinder their potential in life. Stunted children are often a few inches shorter, and many experience cognitive damage and weakened immune systems, leaving them susceptible to diseases. The effects of stunting on children are generally permanent. Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies (HTSP) can help reduce or eliminate stunting.

Additional Resources

Agrilinks | Agrilinks is sponsored by USAID and is an online community for food security and agricultural development practitioners to share information and resources.

The Global Nutrition Cluster | The Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process, which aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response programs by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. The vision of the GNC is to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency-affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely and effective and at scale.

USAID’s SPRING Project | The Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally project (SPRING) is dedicated to strengthening global and country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies. SPRING provides state-of-the-art technical support focused on preventing stunting and maternal and child anemia in the first 1,000 days, linking agriculture and nutrition, and creating social change and behavior change through communication