Write to Congress
Bread for the World urges elected leaders in Washington, D.C., to enable people in our nation and our world to feed their families and move out of poverty. Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents about the issues on which they will vote in the Senate and House of Representatives.
The following are issues moving in Congress and/or in the administration.
Global Nutrition and Food Security
Conflict, climate change, growing instability in fragile states, and the coronavirus pandemic have caused significant setbacks in reducing global hunger. Now, more than ever, U.S. investments in global health, food security, and nutrition are critical for the future.
Malnutrition is a leading cause of death among children globally, accounting for 45 percent of all child deaths—losses that are almost entirely preventable. Congress has the opportunity through legislation to change the course of the lives of millions of children. They just need the political will to make it happen.
Domestic Hunger Issues
Children are more vulnerable than any other group to the damaging impacts of hunger— even for short periods. More than 12 million children in the U.S. are not getting enough to eat. This number is expected to rise without intervention. Food insecurity rates are even higher in communities of color.
In the U.S., child nutrition programs and refundable tax credits are two of the most effective tools to reduce hunger and ensure children get the nutrition they need to thrive at home, at school, and during the summer months. Urge Congress to act now.
Immigration and Migration
Immigration is a hunger issue on both sides of the border. Hunger and poverty push people to leave their home countries. Unfortunately, many remain at high risk of both once they arrive in the United States due to our broken immigration system.
Congress must address the root causes of migration—hunger, poverty, and climate change— by investing in nutrition programs and strengthening U.S. development and humanitarian assistance. Congress must also fix our broken immigration system by passing just comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. that includes a pathway to citizenship for those who are undocumented.