Bread for the World Sunday

Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others — in thousands of churches across the country — in living out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial support to Bread of the World, your church can give bold witness to God's justice and mercy in the world. This year, Bread for the World Sunday is scheduled for October 15, but you are welcome to participate on another date if that works best for your church. Your celebration can be as simple as including prayers for hungry people in worship. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children's message, and other activities to ending hunger in God's world.

On Bread for the World Sunday, we recognize and give thanks for the work churches, community groups, and denominations are all doing to remove the obstacles that keep people from sharing in God's abundance. We celebrate the diversity of faith traditions across race, ethnicity, and culture that are working together to end hunger. Moved by God's love in Jesus Christ, we reach out in love to our neighbors — and create a better future for all.

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Free Resources

A variety of free resources — including a guide with a lectionary study and litany, bulletin inserts, prayers, hunger facts, and much more — are available to order in English and Español

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We pray for an end to hunger in God's world. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Join Us in Prayer for an End to Hunger

Prayer is essential to ending hunger by 2030. God’s grace in Jesus Christ moves us, and prayer equips us to take faith-grounded advocacy actions.

The Bible provides numerous examples of men and women like Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel, and the prophets, who prayed intensely prior to carrying out acts of justice, advocacy, or service. Jesus, our ultimate advocate and example of spiritual discipline, prayed and fasted for 40 days before beginning his earthly ministry.

Through prayer, we acknowledge our insufficiency and our dependence on the Holy Spirit to effectively witnesses to God's love for humankind. Through prayer, God’s story and our story connect to transform the world.

We invite you to make prayers to end hunger part of your regular prayer life.

Commit to Pray

Hunger and poverty persist around the world. Let’s pray for those who need our help the most. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Recursos en Español

El Domingo de Pan para el Mundo es una oportunidad para que su iglesia o comunidad de fe se una a otros — en miles de iglesias a través de todo el país — con el propósito de vivir la visión de Dios de un mundo carente de hambre. A través de nuestras oraciones para la erradicación del hambre, cartas y llamadas telefónicas a los líderes de nuestra nación y del apoyo financiero a Pan para el Mundo, su iglesia puede dar testimonio de la justicia y la misericordia de Dios en el mundo. 

Nuestros esfuerzos por ayudar a quienes se encuentran en necesidad son fortalecidos por Pan para el Mundo, según une a personas de muchas tradiciones de fe — para que sean una voz colectiva cristiana que inste a aquéllos que toman las decisiones a cambiar las políticas y condiciones que permiten que el hambre persista. También damos gracias por las iglesias y otras organizaciones que proveen ayuda de emergencia y de largo alcance con el propósito de vencer el hambre, la pobreza y las enfermedades.

Recursos

"Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet."

Matthew 22:9

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
     

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

    ...

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.