For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

We are in an unprecedented moment, it is “for such a time as this,” that we are called. We invite you to join us in deepening your spiritual engagement through prayer and fasting as a way to strengthen and sustain advocacy efforts during the 115th Congress. On May 21, 2017 Bread members and activists from around the country began a 3-day fast, joining millions of people around the world who were praying for an end to famine, praying in advance of the release of the president’s budget, and in preparation for advocacy actions.

The world has made unprecedented progress against hunger and poverty since 1990. If we do our part, it is possible to end hunger by 2030. But, the priorities of elected national leaders could reverse this trend. We expect Congress to again propose deep cuts to vital programs that help people who are struggling with hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

Congress may also make cuts to international humanitarian and development assistance programs at a time when famine is on the rise in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, and 20 million people are at risk of death. Our faith moves us to pray, fast, and take action, urging our nation’s leaders to protect programs that are vital for people who are struggling with hunger and poverty.

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Join the Movement to …

  • pray that our country can stay on track and do its part to end hunger by 2030.
  • engage in the spiritual practice of fasting to prepare for and strengthen advocacy efforts with Congress.
  • advocate by writing letters and emails, making phone calls, and visiting with your members of Congress.

Take the Pledge

You can also join us by texting FAST to 738-674. Message and data rates may apply.

Like Esther from the Old Testament, we live in challenging times. People in our communities and around the world are made vulnerable by the actions or inactions of governing officials. People who struggle with hunger and poverty will be increasingly vulnerable. Esther had access to the king in a critical moment when the Jewish people of the Persian Empire were facing genocide. As citizens, we too have access to decision makers and the responsibility to use our voices in urging lawmakers to protect vital programs for people who struggle with hunger and poverty.

Why we fast: We continue to fast and pray on the 21st of each month throughout this 115th Congress (the end of 2018). We chose the 21st of the month because that is the day when SNAP benefits for most families run out. It is the hungriest week of the month.

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How to Get Involved

Resources for your Fast

We have prepared a Fasting Guide that will help you to discern how you will fast, to prepare you for your fast, and to get your community involved.

A Social Media Kit is also available for those who want to let others know about our time of prayer and fasting.

If you’d like to receive text message reminders about the monthly fast and other campaign alerts, text Fast to 738-674. Message and data rates may apply.


Advocate to end hunger

During your fast, there are several ways you can stay engaged with the advocacy efforts of Bread. You will receive regular email and/or text updates about when to act in the most strategic manner, and you can visit our Activist Corner to read more about the issues we advocate for and find tools for taking action.


Partners in the Movement

David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World

Arturo Chavez, president & CEO, Mexican American Catholic College

Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop and primate, Episcopal Church

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger

Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church

Anwar Khan, CEO, Islamic Relief USA

Rev. Carlos Malavé, executive director, Christian Churches Together in the USA

Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Roman Catholic Bishop of Des Moines

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, presiding bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair, National African American Clergy Network

Rev. Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners


Selected Media Coverage

"For if you keep silence at
such a time as this ..."

— Esther 4:14

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • 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...

For Advocacy

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • 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...

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