Bread for the World Sunday

Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others—in thousands of churches across the country—to live out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial support to Bread of the World, your church can give bold witness to God's justice and mercy in the world.

Throughout Luke’s Gospel – and especially in the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17) – Jesus invites us to partake of the feast of God’s abundance. Trusting that God, our creator, provides more than enough for all those in need, we rededicate ourselves to working together to make sure that all share in this abundance.

Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others to live out Gods vision of a world without hunger. Photo: Shutterstock

How Your Church Can Celebrate

  1. Select a Sunday or weekend when you will celebrate Bread for the World Sunday.
  2. Plan which elements in your worship service will address hunger. Your celebration can be as simple as including prayers for people struggling with hunger during a worship service. Prayers for the day are an ideal opportunity to remember those who are hungry—and our nation’s decision makers who can change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children's message, and other activities to ending hunger in God's world. Many churches have a “mission moment” before the offering or perhaps there can be a special announcement.
  3. Make sure you have the resources you’ll need. Free resources in English and Spanish are available—including bulletin inserts. A variety of Biblical reflections and responsive prayers are available for download. Order free resources     Give Us Your Feedback
  4. As part of your Bread for the World Sunday celebration, you may want to conduct an Offering of Letters—taking time to write brief letters to members of Congress, urging them to continue our nation’s investments in programs that provide hope and opportunity for people living with hunger. Your letters can be written to urge Congress to accelerate progress on global nutrition, to address the root causes of migration or to reform our criminal justice system—all critical to ending hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad.
  5. Gather a special offering or collection. You may wish to allocate the funds to a denominational hunger program, a local feeding program, or Bread for the World. You may order free offering or pew envelopes for this purpose.


Use Our Bread for the World Sunday Resources

  • Bread for the World Sunday Resource Guide
    The two-page guide includes a biblical reflection on the feeding of the 5,000 from Luke 9:10-17 written by Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). An opening prayer as well as a litany or responsive prayer was written by Edith Avila Olea, the justice and peace associate director for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois and a 2019 recipient of the Rev. Arthur Simon Award for Faithful Service to End Hunger.
  • Bread for the World Sunday Bulletin Insert
    Promote your event and join people of faith across the country in praying for those who struggle with hunger.
  • Hunger and the Gospel of Luke—A Lectionary Resource
    This two-page guide offers a biblical reflection on hunger and the Gospel lessons from Luke 14 – 24, Year C of the Revised Common Lectionary.


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Moved by God's Love to Create a Better Future

The strength of Bread for the World is found in our shared commitment to address the root cause of hunger: poverty, discrimination based on race and gender, unemployment, immigration, mass incarceration, and economic inequality. On Bread for the World Sunday, we recognize and give thanks for the work churches, community groups, and denominations are all doing to remove the obstacles that keep people from sharing in God's abundance. We celebrate the diversity of faith traditions across race, ethnicity, and culture that are working together to end hunger. Moved by God's love in Jesus Christ, we reach out in love to our neighbors—and we help create a better future for all.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or need support, please contact us at publications@bread.org or call 800-822-7323. Help us improve the Bread for the World Sunday experience by providing your feedback.

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"And all ate and were filled."

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