Thought Leader: Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Reverend Emeritus at Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Photographer: Jenna Shea Photography
Designer: Monica Kraeger

REV. DR. GERALD DURLEY SAYS: “When we provide food, then self-esteem and Human Dignity increase.”

Since 2009, the food ministry at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, has been feeding 175 seniors and families weekly because “that’s what food justice is for our community,” according to Pastor Emeritus Gerald Durley. This community has limited access to fresh food and vegetables. Most of the access to food is in convenience stores. Pastor Emeritus Durley decided that the church needed an organic community garden. He contacted his friend Laura Turner Seydel from the Captain Planet Foundation, who funded the project; and church member Jeffrey Hicks readily agreed to manage the garden. The congregation enjoys following God’s hope for love and caring among all His people by helping in the garden and distributing the food to those who need it.