Bless those who toil to bring food to our table,
May they be healthy, productive and themselves have enough food to eat.
Bless the farmers, farm laborers, the merchants, and those who transport food,
May they be sustained in their efforts and sustain the earth as they labor.
Bless those who support small-scale farmers and local food production.
May we all celebrate calloused hands, hard work and the specific abundance that is possible right where we live.
Bless the seeds, soil, fertilizer, air and water that enable the food to grow.
May we protect and preserve that which sustains us for generations to come.
Bless our relationship with God and with each other that nourishes our bodies and spirits.
--Hunger prayer from Church World Service. Oct. 16 is World Food Day.