Bread for the World Sunday

Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity to deepen our partnership with your church or community as we join together 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. 

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.

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.

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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. Free resources in English and Spanish are available—including bulletin inserts and a Bread for the World Sunday poster. 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.
  • Pan-African Resources
    Additional resources include a biblical reflection on Matthew 25:32-40 and Luke 9:10-17 written by Bishop Frank Madison Reid III, the presiding prelate of the Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Also included is a litany written by Dr. Kimberly Lymore, director of the Tolton Scholars Program at Catholic Theological Union and a prayer written by Evram Dawd, youth ministry coordinator at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Cedar Grove, NJ.

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