Bread for the World Offers New Online Resources to Help Christians Make an Impact During Election Season
Washington, DC, July 24, 2012
Bread for the World released new election resources to help shape candidates’ agendas during election season. The new Elections 2012 page features tools to help Christians make informed decisions and elevate hunger and poverty as priorities as the 2012 election approaches.
“Voting is a sacred obligation,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Giving time and money to candidates who have demonstrated their commitment to reducing mass hunger and poverty is an integral part of good stewardship.”
More than ever, programs that support vulnerable people in the United States and abroad are being threatened with deep cuts that could diminish the impact of many anti-hunger programs. Earlier this month, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill with more than $35 billion in cuts to food and farm programs. This includes more than $16 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program) and could have a devastating impact on nearly 3 million recipients. The bill also cuts international food aid quality programs by more than 95 percent.
The Elections 2012 materials include an Elections Matter Handbook for engaging with electoral candidates around hunger relief, Town Hall Meeting Tips for raising your voice during election season and a Voting Record for the 112th Congress so visitors can see how their members voted on issues they care about. The page also includes an action list to help Christians utilize their faith and churches to help end hunger.
“As a non-partisan organization, Bread for the World does not endorse political parties or candidates. However, elections do matter especially to hungry and poor people as the programs vital to their well-being are under severe cuts,” said Beckmann. “We want to ensure that people of faith have the tools they need to make the biggest impact during election season.”
For more information, please visit www.bread.org/elections.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118