Activist Corner

Welcome to the Activist Corner. We regularly update this page with the latest information, tools, and resources, so make sure to visit weekly.

Bread for the World members lobby Congress to make ending hunger a top priority for government. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Act Now

Budget

  • Call (800-826-3688) your senators and representative today, and tell them to provide $1 billion in additional emergency funding for famine relief in fiscal year 2017. More than 20 million people across northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are facing threat of famine and starvation in the next six months.
  • Congress must pass a fiscal year 2017 appropriations funding bill by April 28 or else the federal government will shut down. House and Senate champions are working on an emergency $1 billion to be included in the fiscal year 2017 budget to address the famines in Africa and the Middle East.
  • For more information on this issue:
    Trump Budget Targets Poor and Hungry People
    Poverty-Focused Development Assistance (PFDA) 101

Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800/822-7323.


Register for Lobby Day

We will gather for our annual Lobby Day in Washington D.C., on June 13. Please consider sending someone from your church or organization to help us make an even bigger impact as we visit our members of Congress on Capitol Hill this year. Registration is now open.


Schedule your letter-writing event

The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger is available in English and Spanish.


Complete Your Activist Field Report Form

Have you met with a new member of Congress? We would love to hear about it. Tell us about your experience using the field report form.

Stay Informed

Join the Next National Grassroots Webinar and Conference Call

Tuesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. EDT

Register for the May Grassroots Webinar and Conference Call and get an update on legislation moving in Congress that affects hunger and poverty.

Sign Up


Get Fresh Bread Updates by Email

This email newsletter updates Bread for the World activists on hunger-related happenings in Congress. It is produced weekly while Congress is in session. 

Sign up

Deb Martin uses a public forum to ask Rep. Glenn Grotham to protect foreign aid funding. Photo: courtesy of Glen Grotham

Activists in Action

Showing up in Wisconsin

When it comes to advocating for an end to hunger, Deb Martin is a seasoned veteran. A member of Bread for the World for over 30 years, faith and the call to ‘love your neighbor’ drives Ms. Martin’s advocacy.  “I want to be a good neighbor to everyone,” she said.

This April, Ms. Martin attended a town hall in  Berlin, Wis. with her member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Glenn Grotham (R-WI-06).  Grotham, like many of his colleagues, held a series of town halls during the Easter recess. 

Ms. Martin, who also leads a chapter of the Global Mission team through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, is concerned about the deep cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget. Right now, 20 million people are at risk of starvation due to famine, and near-famine conditions, in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. U.S. foreign assistance funding, which represents less than 1 percent of the federal budget, means the difference between life and death for these people.

Ms. Martin used the public forum to ask  Grotham to protect foreign aid funding. “It is so small,” Ms. Martin said, “and it makes a positive difference around the world.”  Grotham responded that he thought foreign aid funding was likely to take a hit.

Cutting foreign assistance, or any program that helps alleviate hunger, is not inevitable. Cutting funding for anti-hunger programs is a choice — a choice that members of Congress will not make if they hear from enough faithful advocates.

Face-to-face meetings are the best way to influence your member of Congress, according to the Congressional Management Foundation. Town halls offer an opportunity to speak directly to your lawmaker. As a bonus, your question may educate and influence others in your community to think about hunger.  

When the time comes to vote on a budget,  Grotham will recall that foreign assistance is an issue that matters back home.

Asked for tips on attending a town hall, Ms. Martin said to prepare questions in advance and write them down, but the most important thing was to attend. “Just showing up shows that you care,” she said.

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.

How-tos:

Issues-related pieces:

Biblical resources:

Was this useful?

Please let us know what suggestions you have for this page and how we can assist you. Email us at organizing@bread.org or call 800/822-7323.

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
     

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

    ...

  • The State of Black Poverty: A Pan-African Millennial Perspective on Ending Hunger by 2030

    Over the past year and a half, about two-dozen young adults from the United States and countries in Africa and the Caribbean, have gathered virtually and in person to reflect on the effects of hunger and poverty in black communities. The working group has been considering socio-political and...

  • Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

    Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

    The bill under consideration, the American Health Care Act, would gut...