The spiritual mission of Food Gnomes, in light of our volunteers and members many and varied faiths and philosophes, is that of Food Justice. That none should hunger. That no one’s health should suffer because of food deserts formed from racism and redlining. That all who hunger should be invited to God’s table, and that we should bring God’s table to those who cannot make it there themselves due to poverty, disability, or fear of persecution. We are the Church. We are the Temple. We are the Mosque. We are the Circle. Our pews are the streets and homes of those who hunger and want. Our sermon and prayers are bread and soup, and unconditional love of our fellow being.
Food Gnomes and our volunteers are motivated by a variety of faith, spiritual, and philosophical traditions. Below explains a bit more about why we do, what we do:
“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corner of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleaning of thy harvest; thou shalt leave them for the poor, and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”
Matthew 25: 35-40
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Keep Faith With Those Who Sleep in the Dust
“You sustain the living, and with great compassion do You revive the dead. You support the fallen, heal the sick, free the captives, and keep faith with those who sleep in the dust.” – From the Gevurot
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
Midrash Psalms 118:17
When you are asked in the world to come, “What was your work?” and you answer, “I fed the hungry,” you will be told, “This is the gate of Adonai, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.”
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains…Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and do not follow up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, for them their reward is with their Lord; on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve. Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is free of all wants, and he is Most Forbearing.