Bread's I Vote to End Hunger Campaign

We are moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ to work for justice for people who are hungry in our country and around the world. We believe that ending hunger by 2030 is a goal within reach, and we are taking action because our children, our neighbors — real people — are suffering. We want candidates to know that we will vote to end hunger. I Vote to End Hunger is our campaign to put the issues of hunger and poverty on the agenda in the congressional and presidential elections.

Voting is Christian stewardship. Our Christian faith compels us to elect wise leaders who will uphold justice and the common good, especially for people who are poor and needy (Psalm 72:12-14). The Bible underscores the need for good governance and for leaders who govern impartially (Leviticus 19:15; James 2:2-4). Churches, communities, and government working together have the power to end hunger. This November, elect leaders who will make ending hunger a priority.

Focusing on the 2016 Elections

One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. During these periods, current and potential office holders are listening the most and are making and establishing promises, priorities, and plans.

The 2016 elections are critical in our work. This year, we can elect leaders who will pass laws, fund programs, and create policy to put our nation and the world on track to end hunger by 2030. The new Congress and president we elect in November will take office in early 2017, leaving only 13 years to achieve our goal. But we can do it. Hunger is not a partisan issue. That is why Bread works with our nation’s leaders — whoever they may be — in a bipartisan manner. Bread does not endorse any candidate or political party.

A recent survey conducted for Bread reveals that 39 out of every 100 voters polled strongly believe that political candidates must fight for funding for anti-hunger programs to earn their vote. In addition, 64 out of every 100 voters polled consider ending hunger as one of the most important priorities for the U.S. government.

Get Involved

As part of our I Vote to End Hunger strategy, Bread needs you to be part of this campaign and push this message out to candidates in the congressional and presidential elections. You can join our campaign:

Get in front of the candidates

Whether during public forums, town hall meetings, or a meeting at a candidate's office, you can engage all candidates on hunger in the 2016 elections. In most cases, that will be a candidate from each of the major parties. It is important to engage candidates on both sides so that regardless of who wins, there is a relationship established with the office-holder.

We want you to ask candidates the following questions:

  • If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?
  • Will you publicize your position on hunger, poverty, and opportunity on your website and in social media?
  • Will you meet with us within the first 30 days of taking office?

Tell us and others about your involvement

After meeting with a candidate, please let us know how it went by completing the Activist Field Report Form. This will help Bread for the World track the number of candidates who are being engaged.

Additionally, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper and posting your experience on social media will publicize your efforts. All of the materials you will need are posted in the Elections Resources section below.

If you have any questions or need support with elections, please contact us by email or 202/639-9400.

Elections Resources

Bread provides resources in English and Spanish for you to use in your state/district to engage candidates on these issues. These materials include:

Candidate packet

Materials to present to candidates when you meet with them:

And remember to fill out the Activist Field Report Form after talking to your candidate.

Resources for activists

Social media packet

Other Resources

2016 Elections Survey

Bread for the World commissioned The Mellman Group and Eleison LLC to survey 1,000 voters on the issue of hunger and the 2016 elections. Download a summary of the survey and graphics that illustrate the results.

Candidate Videos

Since 2010, Bread has been working with more than 100 heads of denominations and other Christian leaders to ensure funding for anti-hunger programs. For the 2016 elections, the Circle asked presidential candidates: “What would you do as president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world?” Almost all candidates submitted videos. View their videos and download a study guide to use with them.

Vote to End Hunger (VTEH) coalition

The VTEH coalition is a broad group of individuals and organizations committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030. They believe that it will take a combined public and political will to do this. The coalition is working to elevate the issue of hunger with candidates during the 2016 election cycle.

See all of Bread's elections materials.

Other Things You Can Do

Pray for candidates

Ask God to direct them to uphold justice and care for people in need and all who are vulnerable in our own country and the world.

Here's a suggested prayer:

O God, our Creator, through our elected leaders and our government, you sustain all you have made. We pray especially for people who are seeking election to political offices in our country. Grant them integrity and wisdom to focus on matters that strengthen our government and provide help and opportunity to people in need. Give us courage to challenge candidates to address issues of hunger and poverty. As we prepare to cast our votes, may we be guided by your vision of love, justice, and mercy. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.

Pledge to vote to end hunger

If you are moved to elect leaders who will fight to end hunger at home and abroad, please sign this pledge.

Sign this Pledge

Elect leaders who “defend the cause of the poor of the people, and give deliverance to the needy.”

Psalm 72:4

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