Bread for the World’s 2018 Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day

Lobby Day is an opportunity for Bread members and activists to communicate one-on-one with their members of Congress and their staffs. When activists visit Capitol Hill in large numbers, all at the same time and around the same issue, they have a better chance of their advocacy being heard.

Join Bread for the World for Lobby Day 2018

What happens during the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day?

Unlike previous years, this year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day will stretch over two days. There will be a dinner and legislative briefing on June 11. The following day, on June 12, a morning gathering and breakfast will take place ahead of Capitol Hill visits with members of Congress.

The day will end with an evening reception, including awards given out to legislators, and a worship service where participants can share with others about their day. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the reception.

To learn more about what happens at Lobby Day, read about last year’s event here.

What will we be talking about this year?

This year's theme is "For Such a Time as This." The theme is the same as the 2018 Offering of Letters, which is focused on urging Congress to make funding decisions that will end hunger by 2030. See the resources for participants section of this page for more information.

Bread for the World members lobby members of Congress to end hunger. Photo: Bread for the World

Why should I attend?

The Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day offers a unique opportunity to come together with advocates from across the country to communicate personally with members of Congress and their staff in Washington, D.C. Studies show that one-on-one-communications between constituents and their members of Congress often cause a tipping point that results in lawmakers supporting a bill.

For many participants, Lobby Day is the first time they are meeting with their members of Congress or their staff in person. In-person lobbying on Capitol Hill is another dimension of advocacy — and a fascinating one for both new and veteran activists. It’s democracy in action, and often it’s awe-inspiring to actually be in the halls of power in our federal government and participating in its business.

The Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is for activists of all types — those who are new to in-person lobbying in our nation's capital, those who are veterans of it, as well as anyone with experience between those ends of the spectrum.

Those new to the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day or coming to Washington, D.C., alone can often visit congressional offices with other people from their state, which can make the process of in-person lobbying less intimidating.

St. Marks Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Photo: St. Marks Episcopal Church

When and where is the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day?

This year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Participants will gather at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street, SE., on Monday evening for a meet and greet reception followed by a dinner program and legislative briefing. We will reconvene at St. Mark’s on Tuesday morning before heading out to congressional office visits.

The closest Metro stops are Capitol South on the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines and Union Station on the Red Line.

Hotel Information

A group rate of $259.00 per night is available at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Use Group Rate #8375 when reserving your room(s).

The deadline to reserve a room(s) using the group rate is May 15. You can reach the hotel at 202-488-7500.

Getting to the Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day

The greater Washington, D.C. area is served by three airports:

The closest airport to this year’s event is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (5 miles away).

Amtrak is another transportation option, especially if you live in the Northeast. The stop would be Union Station – a mile away from this year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day.

Getting Around Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. area is very public transportation friendly. Visitors and locals every day utilize the Metro system (subway), buses, and D.C. Circulator. There are also various cabs you can hail right from the sidewalk and of course, you can call an Uber, Lyft or your preferred on-demand transit method. See our guide to getting around Capitol Hill for more information.

Questions?

If you have questions about this event, contact Paul Hegarty at phegarty@bread.org or 800-822-7323, ext. 1149.


Schedule of Events

Monday, June 11

Time Activity Description
12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Latino Leaders Convening (by invitation only)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Elder's Room

Pan-African Consultation (by invitation only)
2253 Rayburn House Office Building
12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Latino Leaders Convening (by invitation only)—St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Elder's Room
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m Registration
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Lobby
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Registration (St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Lobby)
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m Meet and Greet Reception
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Courtyard
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m
Meet and Greet Reception
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Advocacy Summit Dinner and Legislative Briefing
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Nave
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Program and Legislative Briefing

Tuesday, June 12

Time Activity Description
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Registration
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church—Lobby

Need a place to store luggage? Bring your bags to the registration table by 8:30 a.m., and we will ensure it is securely held for you at the church. All bags must be picked up by 5 p.m.
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
Registration
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m Morning Worship Program
St. Mark's Episcopal Church—Nave
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m
Morning Worship
9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Regional Caucuses and Brunch
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church—Various Locations
9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Regional Caucuses
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Lobby Visits
House and Senate Office Buildings
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Hill Lobby Visits
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Congressional Reception
2043-2045 Rayburn House Office Building
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Reception on Capitol Hill
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closing Worship Celebration
2043-2045 Rayburn House Office Building
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closing Worship

Resources for Participants

  • Schedule of Events
    This year’s Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day is on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
  • Getting Around Capitol Hill
    Tightened security in and around congressional buildings has made it more difficult to traverse Capitol Hill. Use the map in this guide to find the best way to get to and from your appointments.
  • Regional Caucuses Locations
    Meet with others from your region to strategize about your upcoming meetings. Bread regional organizers and policy analysts will be available to answer questions.
  • Visiting Your Members of Congress
    Aim for a balanced conversation. Ask questions that will encourage discussion of the issue. This should be a conversation and dialogue on both sides. Be sure your legislator hears your point of view.
  • Legislative Priorities
    Pass a bipartisan farm bill that protects SNAP and improves international food aid. Cosponsor and pass the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act (H.R.5129/S.2269).
  • Preparing for Pushback During Your Visit
    Your member of Congress is not expecting to meet with a policy expert. They are meeting with you, their constituent, because they care about your concerns. If they ask any questions you can't answer, tell them a policy analyst with Bread for the World will follow up with any additional information.
  • Background Paper: How the U.S. Farm Bill Can Help End Hunger
    The U.S. Farm Bill not only sets most U.S. agriculture policies, but also authorizes both federal nutrition assistance programs and humanitarian relief for hunger emergencies overseas.
  • Fact Sheet: SNAP
    SNAP served more than 41 million Americans in 2017 (as of December 2017). Enrollment in the program almost doubled in the wake of the recession and has been trending downward as the economy continues to recover.
  • Fact Sheet: Feed the Future
    Feed the Future, launched in 2010, grew out of the U.S. response, led by President George W. Bush, to the 2007-2008 global food price crisis. Prices of basic foods doubled or tripled in some countries and pushed an additional 150 million people into hunger and malnutrition.
  • Social Media and Lobby Day
    If you use social media, share your Lobby Day experience with your networks and get the attention of your members of Congress. This guide provides some best practices that will help you amplify the message you will deliver on Capitol Hill.
  • Webinar: Preparing for Lobby Day
    This webinar will help you prepare for our time on Capitol Hill meeting with your senators, representatives, and their aides.
  • 2018 Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day Evaluation
    We are constantly trying to improve our Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day event. Please help us by sharing your opinions with us.


Scheduled Lobby Day Visits

We have requested meetings with the senators and representatives from the districts of all attendees (more than 175 total). The following list of confirmed meetings is updated nightly.

The final schedule will be available at the Summit on Monday evening and discussed by the organizing teams during the Tuesday Regional Caucusing. Please contact Paul Hegarty at phegarty@bread.org if you have questions.

Didn't see your meeting listed? Please contact Paul Hegarty at phegarty@bread.org or 800-822-7323, ext. 1149 for more information.

"Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh...?'
He said, 'I will be with you...'"

Exodus 3:11-12

Bread for the World activists prepare to lobby their members of Congress. Photo: Bread for the World

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