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Hunger and the U.S. Budget
Lent Devotions: Luke 22:45-46 March 2
We know that money is a tool that allows us to buy things and do things. With our federal government's enormous budget—its fiscal plan—it can accomplish a lot. This gives our government enormous power and influence over what happens not only in the United States but also in other countries around the world.
Bread believes that everyone, including our government, must do its part to end hunger. With a tremendous amount of resources—its annual budget—at its disposal, the federal government can do a lot toward ending hunger both here and abroad.
The process of establishing an annual federal budget is a process of making decisions and setting priorities as a country. Bread believes that the federal budget is a moral document that lays out our national priorities. Most of the budgeting process plays out in Congress, which is the part of our government where Americans—voters and others—can get involved. "We the people" can influence the decisions that are made and the priorities that are set with our fiscal resources through the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger. These decision makers, by establishing a budget, can change policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist. As an organization working to end hunger, Bread is concerned with those parts of the budget that affect hunger. Bread actively advocates for the government to establish a public policy that could end hunger in our lifetime.
With the stroke of a pen when a federal budget is signed into law, policies are made that can redirect millions of dollars and affect millions of lives.
By making our voices heard in Congress, we make our nation's laws more fair and compassionate to people in need. The laws directing where certain federal funds go could do a lot to end hunger both in the United States and in poor countries around the world.
Some helpful guides:
- Urge your member of Congress to form a circle of protection around funding for programs that are vital to hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.
- Contact your member of Congress:
- Call: Capitol switchboard: 800-826-3688
- Request a meeting to raise the issue during meetings with your senators or representatives. Town hall meetings with members of Congress are excellent venues to ask questions about creating a circle of protection around programs that are vital for hungry and poor people. Tips and issues you can raise during town hall meetings
- Write a letter to your local newspaper.
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