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

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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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  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

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