At Baltimore’s Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Sundays are a time for prayer … and a time to buy tomatoes, squash, and kale that were grown right out front.

Brown: “So I preach and we sing and we shout and we have a great time and worship. And then people walk into the multipurpose room and there’s a room full of fresh produce waiting there.”

Reverend Heber Brown III says his church’s program cuts climate pollution by reducing the need to truck food long distances. And it protects people by providing healthy food.

Brown: “It’s almost a euphoric feeling for some people just to experience real food again.”

The program’s been so successful that Brown expanded it regionally. The Black Church Food Security Network now connects black farmers to nearby congregations that need healthy, fresh produce.

That helps get more people involved in the local food movement.

Brown: “If the Black Church could produce a Dr. King that helped further a civil rights movement and transform this country, the Black Church can also – and is also already working – to shape and mold and inspire and resource movements all over this country having to do with climate change and environmentalism.”

So his program builds on a legacy of sustainability and social justice.

Reporting credit: Daisy Simmons/ChavoBart Digital Media.