How to Make the Most of In-District Meetings
Members of Congress will be in their home states and districts in August for the summer recess.
Anti-hunger advocates should send them back to Washington, D.C., in September with clear orders to get to work ending hunger.
This is an election year, and all 435 members of the House and 33 senators are running for reelection. (See Bread's strategy for this year's elections.)
There will be many public events where anti-hunger advocates can talk to their elected or soon-to-be elected officials about hunger and poverty.
Bread for the World has created a set of resources to help advocates start a conversation about hunger and related issues. These include a guide to speaking up about hunger at town hall meetings and updated voting records so you know how current members of Congress have voted on issues of hunger and poverty.
Bread does not advocate "electing one party or another,” says Bread's director of organizing, LaVida Davis.
“As people of faith, our task is to change the conversation and make ending hunger a priority for our elected officials.”
Hunger affects all of us. Making hunger an election issue is how we can build the political will to end it.
Resources for In-District Advocacy
Issue: Child Refugee Crisis (Recursos en Español)
Congress needs to take a more balanced approach to the humanitarian crisis.
Congress must address the root causes driving children from their homes.
Issue: U.S. Food-Aid Reform (Recursos en Español)
Food aid is an integral part of the U.S. government’s efforts to end global hunger.
Efficiencies will lead to helping 9 million more people per year.
Town hall meetings are excellent venues to ask potential office holders questions about policies to end hunger.
How your member of Congress voted on recent laws vital to hungry and poor people
Recursos en Español
El Congreso necesita tomar un enfoque mas balanceado a la crisis humanitaria
Análisis de iniciativas de ley: S. 2648 vs. HR 5230
Urge your members of Congress to pass legislation that addresses the root causes of hunger, poverty, and violence that are driving unaccompanied children to flee their home countries.
Urge your senators to cosponsor the Food for Peace Reform Act. This bill allows food aid funding to be used more efficiently and reach millions more people — at no additional cost to taxpayers.