2020 Offering of Letters to Congress: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow

Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters to Congress engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing personalized letters to Congress. Each year, for the focus of the campaign, we choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make a real difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty.

People write letters, usually as a group, and present them as an offering to God before mailing them to Congress. Hundreds of Offerings are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God’s justice and mercy. Year after year, they continue to have a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress.

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Neelum Chand carries her son, Shuvam, 1, through the Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Dhangadhi, Nepal. Photo by Laura Pohl for Bread for the World

What is the 2020 Offering of Letters About?

Last year, Bread focused our annual Offering of Letters campaign on global nutrition so mothers and children could get the foods they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because of your advocacy, both the House and Senate introduced its own versions of a Global Nutrition Resolution.

In 2020, we will again focus on nutrition. In addition to continuing our advocacy work around global nutrition, we will also turn our attention to those experiencing hunger in the United States. Our work has taken on greater urgency with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The coronavirus is a hunger issue. The economic fallout from the pandemic will cause hunger to become more widespread in the U.S. and worldwide. Those already experiencing hunger and poverty will be hit hardest.

In fact, the number of people experiencing extreme hunger globally could nearly double to 265 million, according to the U.N. World Food Program.

Across the U.S. and the world, far too many people, especially children, go without food. Many of the world's children suffer from malnutrition or lack of proper nutrition.

Today, 22 percent, or 149 million, of the world's children are not growing as they should. And being dangerously thin continues to threaten the lives of 7 percent—or 49 million children under the age of 5.

At this global calamity continues to unfold, the need for individuals in the U.S and abroad to have access to nutritious food will be greater than ever.

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Have a question? Connect with a regional organizer: 800-822-7323 or organizing@bread.org.Completed your Offering of Letters? Report your results using our feedback form.

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