Bread for the World’s Online Resources Help Fight Hunger
Washington, DC, March 5, 2012
Bread for the World’s 2012 Offering of Letters website now features useful online tools to help make anti-hunger advocacy easy and effective. The 2012 Offering of Letters urges members of Congress to create a circle of protection around programs that help hungry and poor people in this country and abroad lift themselves out of poverty.
“This year, our voices are especially critical as Congress considers drastic cuts to programs that support hungry and poor people,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “The materials we have developed for the 2012 Offering of Letters are wonderful resources for activists and people of faith who want to protect the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Within the broader campaign are four mini-campaigns that address specific legislative topics that will come before Congress in 2012: nutrition, poverty-focused development assistance, tax policy, and food aid. To support campaign efforts, visitors to the 2012 Offering of Letters website will find how-to resources for organizing their own letter-writing events, information on the biblical grounding for the campaign, and more.
The site also features compelling videos that tell the stories of anti-hunger advocates. Pittsburgh activist Tara Marks, in “A Hunger for Advocacy,” introduces the overall campaign and tell viewers why contacting their members of Congress is an effective way to advocate for hungry and poor people.
For the next four weeks, Bread for the World will profile each of the four mini-campaigns, starting with domestic nutrition programs. This week, the story of “Alli & André” tells viewers about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). WIC safeguards the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 by providing monthly packages of nutritious food. The program proved incredibly valuable for Alli, a 17-year-old teen mom living in Bend, OR, who is working hard to provide for her and her baby, André.
“Multimedia is such a powerful tool in helping campaign messages to resonate,” added Beckmann. “We’re excited to be harnessing the power of video and interactive tools to amplify our voices this year.”
Each year Bread for the World invites churches and groups across the country to write personal letters and emails to their members of Congress on issues that are important to hungry and poor people. The letters send a powerful message to our country’s political leaders and help us as a nation move closer to our goal of ending hunger. Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters materials are available online at www.bread.org/OL.
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, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138