Ongoing Campaigns

Bread for the World has various methods for engaging individuals and groups (such as congregations, campuses and community groups) in its mission of ending hunger. Each year we set a policy-change agenda to move us closer to our goal. Our members and activists use our recurring methods described below to advance that agenda. Other ways you can end hunger are described in Get Involved

Offering of Letters

Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters is a powerful way that local congregations and other faith communities, such as campuses, can get involved in Bread's advocacy work. The Offering of Letters is Bread’s signature and longest-running program. This year-long campaign focuses on a single issue and alternates year-to-year between a domestic and an international hunger issue.

The way it works is simple. It uses the same principle of a monetary offering collected at a worship service in which the offering is blessed before being put to use. In an Offering of Letters, a group of members gathers on a chosen day during the year (such as at an adult forum) and learns about that year’s issue. Then the group writes letters to their members of Congress, urging them to take action on that issue. The letters are collected and blessed by the congregation before being mailed to their members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Bread for the World produces a kit of materials each year for coordinators of a letter-writing event to help them carry out an Offering of Letters. The kit includes:

  • print materials: a how-to booklet, a booklet giving an overview of the issue, a sample bulletin insert, a poster, a biblical reflection on the year's topic
  • electronic materials: videos showing real-life stories; a PowerPoint presentation
  • where to find other resources and information

The theme of the 2016 Offering of Letters is “Survive and Thrive." The focus is nutrition and health among mothers and children in developing countries.

We pray for an end to hunger in God's world. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Bread Rising: A campaign to end hunger by 2030

God has made it possible to end hunger in our time. Why do we think so?

  • The world has made dramatic progress against hunger and poverty. The number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half since 1990. And this year the nations of the world will commit themselves to the goal of ending hunger by 2030.
  • The economic and political environment has become more encouraging. The number of hungry people in the world continues to decline, and lower unemployment is now reducing hunger in the United States.  We are also encouraged that Democratic and Republican presidential contenders are talking about economic opportunity for all.  
  • And despite all the problems of our democracy, Bread and our allies continue to win victories in the legislative issues we are advocating for.

In order to end hunger by 2030, we need to make hunger and poverty a national priority by 2017 – when a new president and Congress will take office. And Bread is well-positioned to help push for a shift in U.S. national priorities in 2017.  We have an ambitious plan and invite you to join us in Bread Rising.

Scriptures speak to the role and responsibility of leaders in caring for poor people (Psalm 72; Jeremiah 22; Proverbs 31:8-9). Photo: Laura Pohl/Bread for the World

Bread for the World Sunday (English and Español)

Bread for the World Sunday is a way to engage your congregation or faith community in God's work to end hunger. During a special church service, the sermon is related to ending hunger, congregations commit themselves to the fight against hunger and poverty through education, prayer, and worship. This year’s Bread for the World Sunday is scheduled for October 16, 2016, but congregations may choose any date in the fall. Some collect a special offering for Bread or hold some other special activity. Descargue los materiales.

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.

  • 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...

  • 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.
     

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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  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.