A recent empirical study on food shortage in South African urban townships indicates that
food shortage embodies multi-faceted aspects with broader social implications, such as the
sense of personal dignity, the ability to openly associate with others and a loss of self-identity.
It is argued that the parables of Jesus, when read as symbols of social transformation, provide
a critique on food insecurity systems in urban townships. It is proposed that the parables of
Jesus serve as the conduits for a societal and perhaps ecclesial reorientation with regard to the
conditions of hunger, in the light of the vision and values of the kingdom of God.