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Setting up a Local Advocacy Meeting
Thank you for volunteering to set up a meeting with your member of Congress.
Please follow the guidelines below for scheduling your visit.
If you have questions, please contact your Bread for the World regional office.
Setting Up a Meeting
Scheduling an appointment is easy!
Look at your member of Congress' website to find the number for their closest district office, or phone the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your representative’s office. Ask about the process for scheduling an in-district meeting; some offices may have their scheduler in Washington, DC, while others may not.
Identify yourself as a constituent, and explain that you wish to meet with your member of Congress. Be sure to mention any previous relationship you may have with the member or the office.
They will likely ask what you wish to discuss with the representative. Explain that you want to discuss protecting programs in the budget that are needed by hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad. Tell them that you wish to meet with your representative when he or she is next in the district. Ask to meet with your representative, but if your representative is not available, request a meeting with the aide who handles the work around the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. If there is no specific staffer, ask for whoever works on budget policy. Meeting with a key congressional aide also makes for an effective lobby visit.
Some offices may require you to submit a written request for a visit via email or fax. We have a sample letter that you can use to request a visit with your member of Congress.
Please be aware that even after emailing or faxing a written request, you will likely need to call the office to check its status. Don’t be discouraged! It can sometimes take several follow-up phone calls before you are able to successfully schedule a meeting.
Since this process may take some time, call to make your appointment as soon as possible. In fact, do it today!
After You’ve Made Your Appointment
Please let your local Bread for the World office know when and where you have scheduled a meeting, along with the name of the representative or staffer you will be meeting with. Thank you for sending us this vital information—it allows us to keep track of all the meetings scheduled.
If you have questions, contact your local Bread regional office.