Metro Detroit Food & Spirit

Food is a basic need for the survival and security of all people. A bountiful and affordable food supply is a necessity for all communities. A collaboration of organizations are working together to grow urban agribusiness, and the fundamental methodology is READ. We believe food security for all is attainable. A sustainable community based food system and support network (Urban Agribusiness) not only meets the need for food, but it also stimulates the economic engine needed to build community power, health and wealth.


The Southeast Michigan Synod of ELCA partners with GenesisHOPE to facilitate Metro Detroit Food & Spirit, a regional food security initiative. Our partners are Eastern Market Corporation, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Acts in Common, Gleaners, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Michigan State University Extension, Wheat Ridge Ministries and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Together, we are READing!

The READ methodology involves not only Relief, the typical spiritual approach to hunger, but health and nutrition Education, Advocacy and, most importantly, Development in communities where the 120 Lutheran congregations are located and serve. The system includes food production, processing and retail with plans for installing composting and water catchment system demonstration projects in 2015.