June 12, 2018

Bread for the World Members Lobby Congress to End Hunger

Join Bread for the World for Lobby Day 2018

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 300 Bread for the World members and activists will visit Capitol Hill today to personally ask their members of Congress to support a bipartisan farm bill that protects nutrition assistance in the United States and improves international food aid, and to cosponsor and pass the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act.

The members and activists are participating in Bread’s 2018 Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day. This year’s theme is "For Such a Time as This." The theme is the same as Bread’s 2018 Offering of Letters, which is focused on urging Congress to make funding decisions that will end hunger by 2030.

“Bread members from across the country are on Capitol Hill to urge our congressional leaders to pass two pieces of legislation that will directly impact millions of hungry people in the U.S. and around the world,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We have an opportunity to put us on the path to end hunger.”  

The farm bill is must-pass legislation that authorizes most U.S. agriculture and nutrition policies, as well as humanitarian relief programs. The current House of Representatives’ version of the bill would cut more than $17 billion in food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Senate farm bill continues bipartisan support of U.S. international food assistance programs and rejects the broad, sweeping cuts to domestic nutrition assistance that would harm kids, families, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The bill is expected to be marked up on Wednesday.

“We are thankful the Senate Agricultural Committee introduced a bipartisan farm bill that protects domestic nutrition programs, especially SNAP, and fully funds international food aid,” Beckmann said.

The Feed the Future programs authorized by the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) alleviate hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. These programs support smallholder farmers, strengthen agricultural businesses, and promote critical nutrition interventions for mothers and babies in the first 1,000 day window. The law will expire this year unless Congress acts.

“The U.S. government-funded Feed the Future programs, authorized by the GFSA, have achieved remarkable results against hunger and poverty. In Feed the Future focus countries, poverty rates have dropped by 19 percent, and 1.7 million more households are free from hunger. Congress must reauthorize this vital legislation,” Beckmann said.  

This evening, Bread for the World will honor Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Reps. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) and Alma Adams (D-N.C.) for their outstanding leadership toward ending hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. 

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

  • 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.

    ...

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Field

Changing Climate, Changing Farmers

February 7, 2017

Insight

April 10, 2018

The Jobs Challenge

From the Blog

Muestra el amor de Cristo

October 15, 2018