How a Baltimore Pastor Took Control of Food Security Within His Congregation and Spurred a Movement in the Process

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A Baltimore pastor has taken the reins and helped solve a food scarcity problem plaguing his church. Now he’s built a network of churches across state lines that have helped feed people with good produce, a move that also benefits Black agriculture.

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III noticed that many members of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church suffered from diet-related illness and did not have access to healthy, affordable foods. He decided to plant a garden on a 1,500-square-foot plot of land in front of his church and saw a significant increase in the congregation each Sunday. Soon he wondered what impact such a thing could have on other churches, and in 2015 he created an organization that would solve that issue in other places of worship called the Black Church Food Security Network.

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