Cville Pastor Working to Minimize Hunger Through Food Education
Pastor Cass Bailey
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
A Charlottesville man wants to help end hunger in the community in a revolutionary way. With a focus on food education, Cass Bailey hopes to teach people to provide for themselves, stay healthy and save money in the process.
Bailey is the pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church. Through renovations to the church's kitchen and by planting a garden, he hopes to take the first step toward teaching people to provide for themselves. Bailey says his goal is to bring people closer to the food they eat.
"When you're out tilling the soil and your hands get dirty, you have some connection with the earth and with your food that you're going to later consume,” said Bailey.
He says education is the key element that's missing. He's proposed a new kitchen and garden for his small church so he can hold classes.
"We wanted to do something that other people weren't doing, and the idea of teaching people how to grow their food and cook what they grow seemed to be a unique niche here in Charlottesville,” said Bailey.
Seth Wispelwey is one community member backing Bailey's proposal. Having spent a large part of his career as a food advocate, he says not knowing which options are available can be the biggest reason people go hungry.
"That's the real promise of a small community church program like Trinity Episcopal's, which is going to be opening up new doors for people about their food options, making it themselves, and then hopefully incentivizing people to demand those things,” said Wispelwey.
Bailey says his church needs $15,000 to begin the kitchen renovation, but he has confidence he'll find community support for the plan.
"I think I could envision it growing beyond our capacity, and that's another way in which we have to involve people and places in the community,” said Bailey.
Bailey says even if they don't find the funding for the kitchen renovation, he plans to begin work on the garden this spring. Looking forward, he says his hope is to one day see a larger community garden form in Charlottesville.
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