Austin, Texas: Food Justice
Dates and Information
Grades 6 through 12:
June 19-24: 60 spots currently available
July 10-15: 60 spots currently available
July 17-22: 15 spots currently available
Grades 6 through 8 only:
June 26-30: 40 spots currently available
Weeks begin on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm and conclude on Thursday or Friday mornings at 9:30 am.
Followers of Jesus are called to feed the hungry. Many churches work diligently providing food to neighbors
in their communities, and yet Feeding America projects that 42 million people (1 in 8), including 13 million
children (1 in 6), may experience food insecurity in 2021. Many people who have been most impacted by the
pandemic were food insecure or at risk of food insecurity before COVID-19 and are facing greater hardship
since COVID-19. Significant racial disparities in food insecurity which existed before COVID-19 remain.
Feeding America projects that 21% of Black individuals (1 in 5) may experience food insecurity in 2021,
compared to 11% of white individuals (1 in 9). As people of faith, how can we reach beyond charity and work
to end hunger?
Food Justice weeks are centered around a justice-focused biblical curriculum. Groups serve in a mixture of
direct service and support organizations including urban gardens, food pantries, and food service. Groups
engage in experiential learning activities, work with faith based organizations that advocate on behalf of
people struggling with hunger, and participate in a mock legislative hearing on food justice related issues
at the Texas Capitol. Groups have time together each evening for a justice-based Bible study and discussion,
and to begin planning ways to address hunger at home.
Food Justice weeks are especially well-suited for middle schoolers (note the shorter middle-school-only week
June 26-30), and are also great for a group's first education-focused mission trip. Austin Food Justice weeks
include a signficant amount of service work.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is $400 per participant for 5 nights and $375 per participant for the 4 night middle school week and includes:
- All meals, Monday morning through the final morning of your week. (Heavy snack served on Sunday evening.)
- Lodging in a college dormitory.
- A dedicated Site-Coordinator and two extensively-trained young adult staff to facilitate your week.
- Fully planned service and educational experiences.
- Honorariums for speakers, costs for activities, entrance fees, donations to service partners.
- A t-shirt and a lunch bag for each participant.
- Printed discussion guides for small groups.
- Online consultation with Reach Beyond Mission planning staff in the spring.
- Online training for your adult leaders two weeks prior to your trip.
Note that your group is responsible for transportation during the week.
Reach Beyond Mission is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, funded by participant fees, grants, and donations.