Activist Corner

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Rev. Dr. Daniel Fugate of the ELCA's Indiana-Kentucky synod and Bread for the World's Matt Gross speak about building relationships with members of Congress. Nina Ramadan for Bread for the World

Act Now

U.S. Federal Budget

  • Call (800-826-3688) or email your senators and representative and tell them that fights over funding should not put people living with hunger at further risk. Urge them to pass spending bills that protect and strengthen programs that end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Congress and the Trump administration continue to fail to agree on the final 2019 spending bills, which resulted in a partial government shutdown that lasted over a month. The government is currently operating under a three-week continuing resolution that will expire Feb. 15. The longer uncertainty continues around funding and the threat of a shutdown still looms, the greater the risk of increased hunger and hardship for those already struggling to put food on the table.

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The 2019 Offering of Letters—Coming Soon

In 2019, we will raise our collective Christian voice and urge our government to accelerate progress toward ending hunger by increasing funding for global child nutrition programs. The 2019 Offering of Letters: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow will launch Feb. 11. Now is a great time to schedule a letter-writing event for your church, campus, or organization.

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February National Grassroots Conference Call and Webinar: The 2019 Offering of Letters and Global Nutrition.

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Brianna Tenè Harris is a first-generation college student and a native of Queens, New York.

Activists in Action

Brianna Tenè Harris is a first-generation college student who openly talks about her desire to increase food access to low-income communities.

A native of Queens, New York, Harris will graduate from Spelman College in May with a dual degree in Spanish and Economics.

Since joining Bread for the World as an advocate, she has organized two events. The first was a community meeting that she co-organized.

The meeting brought together students and community groups to discuss root cause issues and solutions to hunger concerns impacting Georgian residents.

The second brought together a group of Spelman students to participate and discuss Bread for the World's Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation.

"Bread for the World is a great organization," Harris said. "I'm looking forward to partnering with Bread for one more event in the spring before I walk across the stage to start the next chapter of my life."

In addition to her work with Bread, Harris had the opportunity last summer to participate in the pilot cohort of the Zero Hunger Internship Program, a new initiative developed by the Congressional Hunger Center and the Bonner Foundation.

The program placed Harris with Feeding America, where she fully immersed herself in the politics of the Farm Bill and its impact on food assistance programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Harris was so amazed at how much power policy has on food access, that she decided to continue this work into her fall semester at Spelman College. She is now actively working with the student groups to make sure her efforts do not fade once she graduates.

More Resources: Activist Tool Kit

The Activist Tool Kit is intended for new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists. It provides a set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

It's ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists. Form your own toolkit by printing out some or all of the sheets in the kit.

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