Bread for the World’s 2019 Advocacy Summit

The Advocacy Summit is an opportunity for Bread members and activists to communicate one-on-one with their members of Congress and their staffs. When activists visit Capitol Hill in large numbers, all at the same time and around the same issue, they have a better chance of their advocacy being heard.

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This year's Advocacy Summit will stretch over two days, June 10 and 11, in Washington D.C.

What happens during the Advocacy Summit?

This year’s Advocacy Summit will stretch over two days — Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, 2019

There will be breakout sessions, a reception honoring Bread founder Art Simon, and a dinner and legislative briefing on Monday, June 10.

The following day, on June 11, a morning gathering and breakfast will take place ahead of Capitol Hill visits with members of Congress.

The day will end with an evening reception, including awards given out to legislators, and a worship service where participants can share with others about their day. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the reception.

To learn more about what happens at the Advocacy Summit, read about last year’s event here.

What will we be talking about this year?

This year's theme is "Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow." The theme is the same as the 2019 Offering of Letters, which is focused on urging Congress to pass legislation that will accelerate progress on global nutrition. Register for this year's Advocacy Summit »

Founder of Florida's Joshua's Heart Foundation, Joshua Williams speaks about engaging young people in advocacy during the Faith Leaders Consultation for Global Nutrition in Washington, D.C., September 25, 2018. Pho: Nina Ramadan for Bread for the World

Why should I attend?

The Advocacy Summit offers a unique opportunity to come together with advocates from across the country to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C. Studies show that one-on-one-communications between constituents and their members of Congress often cause a tipping point that results in lawmakers supporting a bill. Register now »

For many participants, the Advocacy Summit is the first time they are meeting with their members of Congress or their staff in person. In-person lobbying on Capitol Hill is another dimension of advocacy—and a fascinating one for both new and veteran activists. It’s democracy in action, and often it’s awe-inspiring to actually be in the halls of power in our federal government and participating in its business.

The Advocacy Summit is for activists of all types—those who are new to in-person lobbying in our nation's capital, those who are veterans of it, as well as anyone with experience between those ends of the spectrum.

Those new to the Advocacy Summit or coming to Washington, D.C., alone can often visit congressional offices with other people from their state, which can make the process of in-person lobbying less intimidating.

St. Marks Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Photo: St. Marks Episcopal Church

When and where is the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day?

This year’s Advocacy Summit is on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Register here »

Participants will gather at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE., on Monday morning for break-out sessions followed by a reception honoring Art Simon and a dinner program and legislative briefing. We will reconvene at St. Mark’s on Tuesday morning before heading out to congressional office visits.

This page will be updated as the program is finalized, and guest speakers are confirmed. Check back often for updates!

The closest Metro stops are Capitol South on the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines and Union Station on the Red Line.

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