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USCCB: First Friday fast for farm workers

July 26, 2011

The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting Catholics to fast on August 5 to show their solidarity with farm workers. Those who participate in the fast are asked to limit their spending on food to the level used by the federal government in determining food stamp allocations--just over $20 per day for a family of four.

“According to the Department of Labor, the poverty rate among farm workers is 60%; an astonishing 75% make less than $10,000 per year,” the bishops’ conference states. “With such modest incomes, workers cannot afford to purchase the fruit of their labor. For Catholics, this is a moral tragedy and a situation that demands justice.”


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  • Posted by: JoePip - Jul. 28, 2011 9:10 PM ET USA

    JMJ USCCB, They're at it again. I don't think this should be done, the First fridays of each Month is Dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Do not take away from Jesus the day he asks us to Honor and Adore him. Instead take the opportunity on the First Friday to ask for his Help! Doing what you want to do make the day of Fasting on the "Day the Food Stamps are given to the Recipients". Not on a day set aside to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.