Indianapolis Oxfam Action Corps

Indianapolis Oxfam Action Corps
Working to Right the Wrongs of Poverty, Hunger, and Injustice


Monday, June 30, 2014

Hungry For Change

Global climate change threatens us in several ways.  Yes, it causes the earth to warm, threatening ecosystems and causing oceans to rise, but the effects of climate change don’t stop there.  Climate change effects us all the way down to the food that we eat.  Scientists say that by the year 2050, there could be up to 25 million malnourished children under the age of 5.  That’s equal to all of the children under 5 in the US and Canada combined!  How does climate change relate to hunger?  Let’s think about it—climate change causes rising temperatures, which causes droughts, destroys natural habitats, and changes weather patterns.  All of which effect crops!  2013/2014 marked one of the coldest winters for several states in the Midwest and one of the warmest driest winters for some states in the Southwest.  These unusual weather patterns have caused droughts and freezes that have destroyed crops and damaged ecosystems.  As climate change continues to increase, crop yields will decrease and food prices will increase to reflect diminishing crop yields.  Decreases in yield lead to rises in food prices, which effects all of us!  Food should be a right, not a privilege.  Let's keep it that way by keeping food prices affordable AND available for all!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Join us for Irish Celtic Music, Appetizers, and an Opportunity to Meet our Honoree this Saturday Night

Yes, we have more news about our International Women's Day Event this Saturday evening (March 8th).  Stephanie's friend, Wyatt Watkins, who plays violin with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra , and his friend, Mario Joven, will be joining us at 6:15 pm to play Irish Celtic Music.  What a gift!

Those of you who attended our Hunger Banquet last fall will recall this wonderful music.  The last time I heard Wyatt was at the Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light fundraiser "Creation Celtica" at  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church back in October.  The music combined with their slide show of beautiful photos of nature left me feeling so grateful for this earth where we live.

I hope you can join us Saturday night for this inspirational evening. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

This International Women's Day We Celebrate Dr. Stephanie Kimball

Human-made climate change is already having a profound effect on the poorest, most vulnerable people on the planet.  "The carbon footprint of the world's 1 billion poorest people represents just 3 percent of the global total.  Yet as climate change advances, poor communities are hardest hit. Not only do we have a responsibility to avoid doing harm to others, we must help them adapt."

This International Women's Day (March 8, 2014) join us to celebrate Dr. Stephanie Kimball, a Hoosier mother of 2 who is making a difference through teaching others about climate change and the steps they can take to reduce our impact on the environment. 


Stephanie has her Ph.D. in education and home schools her children.  In 2007, after she became interested in climate change her six-year-old son choose climate change as his action project.  They went to the local library and checked out many books.  Together as a family they sat on the floor reading about what was happening to the planet and what the future might hold - and it was at that point a mother's instinct took over.  Her children were worried about the future.  She closed the books and made them a promise - "I am going to do whatever I can to ensure this doesn't happen."

Stephanie's son, Hans, went on to present his climate change project at the science fair with their local homeschooling network.  She and her family became involved with the local Step It Up! Campaign, where she became an organizer gathering momentum for asking Congress to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2020.

She and her family also worked hard learning how to cut their family's carbon emissions - even going so far as to build their own solar heater from soda cans and they eventually cutting their carbon footprint by 50%.  Today, Stephanie, who is the Affiliate/Resource Director for Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light has moved forward to co-develop a workshop for teaching local congregations about climate change and what they can do to prevent it.  She teaches the workshop, "Cut Your Co2sts" and developed Hoosier IPL's "Task of the Month" program - a program that helps individuals and families of the more than 70 Hoosier congregations affiliated with Hoosier IPL work together on one task a month and support each others' efforts.   

She also frequently speaks with congregations of all faiths throughout the state of Indiana to spread the message that climate change is a moral issue.  Climate change causes suffering and death to our brothers and sisters throughout the globe, is an issue of justice and equality, and we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the earth.

Saturday, March 8th, we will meet at the Indiana Interchurch Center to celebrate her work and hear her speak.  At 6:15 pm we will serve Oxfam GROW Method appetizers (and provide recipes) and provide an opportunity to mingle with local Indianapolis organizations that work on climate change.  At 7 pm we will introduce Dr. Kimball.  She will speak and we will follow with a question and answer section and a discussion about Oxfam's GROW Method and the importance of supporting women small-scale farmers throughout the world who are fighting the impacts of climate change to make a daily living and whose sustainable practices help our global fight to eventually feed the 9 million people who will share this planet by 2050. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

More information about October 15th Hunger Banquet

This event just keeps getting better and better.

We have Jim Morris, President of the Pacers and former Executive Director of the World Food Programme speaking, food donated from Chef Vincent Kinkade at US Foods, and music provided by White River Celtica (T. Wyatt Watkin and Friends). 

It's going to be a great night.  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Oxfam Action Corps Hunger Banquet Focuses on Food Justice

Food Justice Goes Live October 15th 6:30 pm at the Indiana Interchurch Center

At the Oxfam Action Corps Hunger Banquet next Tuesday food justice will no longer be a discussion, a lecture, or research.  Food justice will be live in the room.  As you enter the room you will draw a ticket to determine your lot. Your destiny will be the luck of the draw - a lot like the lottery of real life.  Will you be a farmer from Costa Rica or a wealthy billionaire from the U.K.?  How did you get there and what are the daily obstacles you face or benefits you enjoy?  Last of all, is it fair?  If it isn't, then what should we do about it? 

Hear Jim Morris, former head of the World Food Programme and current President of the Indiana Pacers, inspire you to make a difference for those who are most vulnerable to hunger.  Then, spend the next hour of this event playing the part that millions of people throughout the rest of the world live each day.  At the end of the evening you will leave feeling empowered, knowing that your voice made a difference for vulnerable communities throughout the developing world.

Major food corporations care what you think and your voice as a consumer has the power to help them make positive progress toward building a better food system.  Oxfam America has set the goal of ensuring that everyone has enough to eat, always.  Find out how you can use the power of your voice, your pen, or your social media to move the global food system in that direction.

The GROW method, a list of simple changes you can make at your kitchen table, is another part of giving the rest of the world more opportunity to escape hunger.  Stop by the Oxfam Action Corps table before or after the event for free recipe cards that will also teach you how to make these simple, manageable personal changes. 

I'll see you there at 6:30 sharp this next Tuesday evening (October 15th) at the Indiana Interchurch Center, located at 1100 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.   

To RSVP for this event go to

The space for this event is provided by the Center for Interfaith Collaboration and the Indiana Interchurch Center.  The food for the event is being donated by U.S. Foods. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Participation in "Pitch In" - A Conversation about Hunger and Food Access - Thursday, July 25th

We have been invited to table and participate in a panel discussion on hunger and food access this Thursday 25th.  The event is sponsored by an IUPUI's School of Public and Environmental Affairs class and will be held at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.


A Conversation about Hunger and Food Access
What would it take to end hunger in Central Indiana?  How can local success help the global efforts to improve food access?  Join SPEA Scholars and local, national and international food and hunger experts for a thought-provoking and potentially world-changing “Intellectual Pitch-In” to discuss the intersection of global and local food issues.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
1029 Fletcher Ave. Suite 100,
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Panelists include:

Emily Weikert-Bryant - Feeding Indiana's Hungry
Dow AgroScience
Laura Henderson - Growing Places Indy
Gina Sheets - Hope in the Harvest and Indiana Department of Agriculture
Myel Reed - Indiana Department of Agriculture
Kim Kiser - Oxfam Action Corps
Betsy Whitmore -Second Helpings
Slow Food Indy

This family friendly event is free to the public with the donations of dried pasta or rice for Second Helpings.


Here we will have the opportunity to introduce our guests to Oxfam's mission (fighting poverty, hunger, and injustice), the GROW Method, and the Behind the Brands campaign.  Thanks to Adam Olson and our friends at Oxfam in Boston we have an interactive Behind the Brands game board to engage visitors in exploration of how the food companies they love impact international poverty and hunger.

Not only is this an opportunity to teach people how we fight poverty, hunger, and injustice - it's great opportunity to learn more about what other local organizations are doing about hunger and food access so we can do even more.

Contact Indianapolis Oxfam Action Corps  to help with this event.

Happy Anniversary to the GROW Campaign - Cooking Together with GROW Recipes

Hi Indianapolis Action Corps Members (and Future Members, yes - that's you!)

Let's get together with family and friends (including each other) and cook some GROW recipes.  They are available on Oxfam's GROW cookbook pages and on Pinterest.  What better way is there to teach people how to apply the GROW method?

Besides, for all those people who keep saying, "I don't have the time or money to cook this way," we have a win-win solution.  Cook with friends and share with neighbors.  It's a great way to get healthy,  build and strengthen friendships and community, save money, and eat in a way that leaves more food available for our neighbors around the world.  Try it, you'll like it.  :)  Then share the news about GROW with this cool slideshow

Happy Anniversary GROW!  

(Click above to see what we've accomplished in this last two years and where we're headed.)