2013 Lobby Day
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Washington, DC
Can't participate in person? You can still join us! Call or email your members of Congress today. Tell them to protect SNAP and international food aid and replace sequestration with a balanced plan. Call toll-free: 1-800-826-3688.
Join us and make a real difference in the lives of hungry people.
Lobby Day offers a unique opportunity to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staffers in Washington, D.C.
► The day will begin with worship, providing an opportunity to reflect on God's call to justice and compassion for hungry people.
► Next, an issue briefing will give you the status of legislation related to the 2013 Offering of Letters, insights from key lawmakers, and tips on effective ways to communicate with Congress.
► In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to join others from your region and speak to your senators and representative, or their staff members, about current legislation affecting hungry and poor people.
► We will close the day with a reception and evening worship.
Shuttle buses will transport Lobby Day participants from the Mead Center to the various congressional buildings on Capitol Hill and then back to the hotels at the end of the day.
Watch a slideshow from our 2012 Lobby Day on our Flickr page.
Get Prepared: Lobby Day Resources
Bread’s 2013 Lobby Day will focus on urging Congress to:
►Protect our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program, SNAP (formerly food stamps) from cuts in the farm bill and, in addition, make effective reforms to international food aid in the farm bill, as a way to do more to address hunger
►Replace harmful automatic cuts to effective programs like WIC and international poverty-focused development assistance with a balanced approach to deficit reduction
We’ve compiled a list of resources to help prepare you for Lobby Day. We strongly encourage you to do some research on the impact of these proposed cuts before Lobby Day. The most important information you can convey to your members of Congress is the local impact of their choices.
These resources will be updated on a regular basis, so please check back frequently (Updated 6/5/13).
Materials from the Lobby Day Webinar (5/29/13)
Background on SNAP and international food aid in the farm bill
- Get the Facts About SNAP
- International Food Aid Fact Sheet
- Categorical Eligibility 101 - One proposal being floated is to cut "categorical eligibility" in SNAP. Learn more about why it’s important and how opponents are misrepresenting how it works.
- Printable sample letter for an Offering of Letters
- Check out Bread Blog for updates, stories, and facts on the farm bill
- Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the inadequacy of the current SNAP allotment
- Food Hardship: State and Congressional District Data (FRAC)
- Farm Bill Fact Sheet
- Principles for a Faithful Farm Bill
Background on the impact of automatic cuts on hunger and poverty
- The Impact of the Sequester on WIC (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
- Local Impacts of the Sequester
- Fact Sheet - Sequestration
Additional Lobby Day Resources
- Lobby Day Talking Points
- Lobby Day Schedule
- Visiting Your Member of Congress
- Lobby Day and Social Media
- Getting Around Capitol Hill
- Circle of Protection Statement
- Multiply Your Impact in the Media
Featured photo: On June 14, 2011, National Gathering Phil Goemer (left) of Longmont, Colo., shows information about hunger to Claire Johnson, a staffer for Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.). Photo by Jim Stipe for Bread for the World