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This program seeks to engage faith-based youth groups in the fight against hunger and poverty in the Southern Tier.

Within the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's network of over 160 member agencies over 80% of these organizations are faith-based. Beyond this, many or our volunteer groups come to us from local churches committed to service.

The Mobilizing Faith Communities offers adult programming utilizing the Just Neighbors curriculum. Just Neighbors is an interactive multimedia curriculum whose purpose is to help your congregation assist their neighbors who are living in poverty and advocate for them. Lessons include:

Session     Focus     Scripture
1     Who Is My Neighbor?     Common Good Charity and Justice     Good Samaritan Luke 10: 29-37
2     Making Ends Meet     The Call to Family, Community, and Participation     Wedding Feast at Cana John 2:1-3:1
3     What Would You Choose?     Solidarity     Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
4     Does Working Work?     Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers     Laborers in the Vineyard Matthew 20: 1-16
5     Housing Matters     Common Good Rights and Responsibilities     Peaceable Kingdom Isaiah 11:6-9
6     Prejudice, Privilege, and Poverty     Human Dignity Personal and Social Sin     One in Christ Galatians 3:26-28
7     Our Children, Our Future     Option for the Poor     Children’s Requests Matthew 7:7-12
8     Justice for All     Universal Destiny of Goods Stewardship     James 2:1-9; 14-17
9     Stepping Out in Faith     Charity and Justice     Healing the Paralytic Mark 2:1-12

Which Faith Communities Does This Program Target?

The Just Neighbors program is an interfaith curricula is geared toward Christian communities of faith. Each lesson also includes a Catholic Social Teaching supplement that is specifically targeted toward Catholic congregations, reflecting the Food Bank’s role as a regional agency of Catholic Charities. Jewish communities will find some elements of the curriculum useful. We deeply respect and recognize the immense efforts across diverse faith traditions to address social inequality. The Christian focus of our Mobilizing Faith Communities program reflects the demographics of our community. We warmly welcome any group who is interested in building a similar set of lesson plans around hunger and poverty from the perspective of their faith tradition to contact us!

How Do I Schedule a Just Neighbors Workshops?

Faith-based organizations are welcome to check out the Food Bank's edition of the Just Neighbors kit.  Contact the Community Engagement Coordinator for details.

For more information contact:
Randi Lynn Quackenbush, Advocacy and Education Manager
at 607.796.6061 x4039 or email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4

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