Mobilizing the Faith Community

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad. God's grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent. We are an organization that operates on the principle that Christians are motivated by their faith to address hunger around the world.

Bread also believes that it is the moral calling of Christians to be politically engaged. Practicing faith-filled citizenship is our right under the U.S. Constitution. Hunger is a profoundly political issue and one that should be a top concern of our federal government. We are serving God when we raise issues of hunger and poverty with our government.

Bread works in addressing the causes of hunger and the conditions that allow it to persist. We believe that our federal government has the resources, power, and influence to change these conditions so that we can end hunger in our time. So Bread has positioned itself to address hunger as a global problem through advocacy. Bread connects Christians across the U.S. with their members of Congress in order to build the political will to end hunger.

"We support Bread because it magnifies our voice on behalf of hungry people."

Father James Fetscher, St. Louis Catholic Church, Miami

Bread believes that local churches have the needed structures for teaching and training people to live out their faith in the world. Photo: UN

Collective Christian voice

When we as members of churches and individual Christians across the U.S. speak the same message to Congress about ending hunger, we are more likely to be heard. When we speak collectively, we are stronger, and we speak with a louder voice.

Corporations and interests have powerful lobby groups on Capitol Hill. The message of ending hunger can also be given to decision makers from a powerful lobby group. Its name is the Church, and our lobbyists are Christians exercising their rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens and residents.

Bread believes that it is the moral calling of Christians to be politically engaged. Photo: Laura Pohl / Bread for the World

Working with churches

Many Christians belong to a church, a place where they worship and practice their faith. Because congregations are where many Christians gather regularly, and because congregations form disciples for work in the world, Bread uses churches as a launching point for its mobilizing of Christians for advocacy.

As living institutions, serving communities, churches are especially important in telling the story of hunger and fostering change.

Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Bread can help

Bread can be a resource and partner with you to empower your family, church, social ministry committee, campus group, community network, or Bible study group to raise its voice to end hunger.

Design by Doug Puller/Bread for the World

"Our parish supports Bread for the World because it magnifies our voice in Washington, D.C., on behalf of poor and hungry people." — Father James F. Fetscher, St. Louis Catholic Church, Miami

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.

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  • 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...