Janet McGarry, Food and Faith, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 6, November 2014, Pages 27-30 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/food-and-faith/) Abstract: The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative (ISFC) is a nonprofit organization working in California's Sonoma and Marin Counties.1 It gathers clergy and lay-people for monthly roundtable discussions about food and faith. In June 2014, members of Lutheran, Quaker, Congregational, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, Episcopal, and Catholic congregations met at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa, California to learn how their congregations could buy food directly from farmers through the use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as 'food stamps.' Although Sonoma County is famous for vineyards and wineries and has many wealthy residents, 12 percent of the population still lives below the poverty level. Discussions at the IFSC's June roundtable included how to reduce the shame or fear that prevents individuals from applying for SNAP (70 percent of those eligible for SNAP don't apply). They also brainstormed creative ways to use … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Religion