Bountiful Churchyards – San Jose, California
- Emerging Leader: Jamie Stark
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: April 2017 – April 2019
Farming Hope is a soup kitchen that hires people who are homeless who usually stand in line to receive food to produce food and feed others. The program will engage the traditional “beneficiaries” of social services and create community through garden and cooking. Like the example of Jesus, the program gathers people into church, both housed and unhoused, around farming and the table, to break bread and break barriers. The garden partnerships with local Lutheran churches will allow Farming Hope to hire homeless individuals part-time to plant and maintain edible plants. The pop-up, gourmet community meals at these churches will generate more jobs and training for the participants.
Farming Hope was featured on Great Big Story – Helping the Homeless