In June 2009, more than 320 Bread for the World members and friends from 42 states came to Washington, DC, to participate in Bread's annual Lobby Day. In 180 meetings with congressional offices, they asked their senators and representatives to reform the way the United States delivers foreign assistance to make it more effective in reducing hunger and poverty..
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met with the activists to talk about why their voices make such a big difference to members of Congress. By the end of the day, Berman's office had received more than 25 phone calls from other congressional offices asking for more information on H.R. 2139, his bill to start the process of reforming foreign assistance.
This year's Lobby Day is Tuesday, June 15. Our message to members of Congress will be to protect and strengthen key tax credits—the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit—that help low-income working families make ends meet.
The day will begin with worship, providing an opportunity to reflect on God's call to justice for hungry people. Next, an issue briefing will give you the status of legislation related to the Offering of Letters, insights from key lawmakers in crafting this legislation, and tips on effective ways to communicate with Congress. Then, in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to join others from your region and speak to your own member of Congress and his/her staff on current legislation for hungry and poor people. We will close the day with a reception and evening worship.
Lobby Day is a unique opportunity to use your voice. Communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff on issues of hunger and poverty. Join us to make a real difference in the lives of low-income families.