Get the Offering of Letters Toolkit

As part of its year-long campaign every year on a specific topic, 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. The Offering of Letters campaign is the main way Bread engages people in churches and other faith communities in advocacy with their members of Congress.

If you are a member or leader of a church or faith community, you are invited to organize an Offering of Letters — an event at which people in your congregation, campus, or group sit down together to write to members of Congress on a specific issue. An Offering of Letters is an effective tool that enables citizens and residents of our country to make their voices heard and that helps shape our government's response to hunger.

From this page you can download Offering of Letters materials — a toolkit that will help you organize a local Offering of Letters and make your voice heard. Printed copies of campaign materials can be ordered free from the Bread store.


About the 2019 Offering of Letters and Promotional Materials

  • Overview of This Year's Topic
    Bread for the World’s 2019 Offering of Letters: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow urges our government to accelerate progress toward ending hunger by increasing funding for global child nutrition programs. All children deserve the opportunity to live a healthy life and reach their full potential. Join us in making this opportunity a reality!
  • Questions and Answers About the Campaign
    Why focus on global nutrition? When is the best time to write Congress about hunger and poverty issues? This one-page guide offers answers to these questions and others.
  • Victories from Recent Offerings of Letters
    The 2018 Offering of Letters, for example, was victorious in securing passage of the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. At a time of sharp political division in our country, participating in the Offering of Letters can unite Americans around a common cause for which millions stand to gain.
  • Campaign Poster
    The actions that Congress takes have far-reaching impact on the lives of millions of people in the United States and around the world living in hunger. The poster includes a campaign overview in English and Spanish and space for information about your Offering of Letters.
  • Toolkit Cover Graphic (JPG)
    Include the toolkit cover graphic on your website or use it with screen monitors during church services.
  • Sample Letters to Congress (DOCX)
    This sample letter will help you, your church, or community group send handwritten letters or personalized emails to your representatives and senators in Congress.

  • Sample Letter to the Editor
    Publishing a letter-to-the-editor (LTE) helps educate members of Congress about hunger issues. If you would like to write an LTE on global nutrition, this template will help you get started.

  • Presentation for Workshop Leaders (PPT)
    The organizing department has developed a PowerPoint presentation for leaders interested in conducting an Offering of Letters workshop or adult forum on global nutrition.

Faith Resources

  • Prayer and Litany for an Offering of Letters
    We are called to live out God's vision of a world without hunger. We ask God to lead us on the path to justice and righteousness as we advocate for better nutrition for a better tomorrow.
  • A Litany for Your Offering of Letters
    This litany was written by Genevieve Mougey, senior national associate for Roman Catholic engagement at Bread for the World.
  • Bulletin Insert
    Each year, thousands of churches from many different faith traditions take part in the Offering of Letters. Promote your event and help participants learn about the issues through announcements (spoken and in the bulletin), newsletters, and social media.
  • A Pan-African Devotional Reflection
    This reflection by Rev. Jennifer C. Bailey was taken from "In Times Like These ... A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement." Rev. Bailey is the founding executive director of Faith Matters Network in Nashville, Tennessee, a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in their communities.
  • A Pan-African Litany
    This litany was written by Dr. Kimberly Lymore, pastoral associate at The Faith Community of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Lymore is also the associate convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, as well as the director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU).
  • A Pan-African Prayer
    "Grant us the love and will to meet the needs of all humanity—from African humanity to all peoples throughout the earth." This prayer was written by Rev. Dr. Walter Arthur McCray, Gospelizer, President, National Black Evangelical Association.

Advocacy Guides

  • Guide to Conducting an Offering of Letters
    Whether you are new to letter-writing or are experienced in organizing people to speak out to our leaders in Washington, D.C., this "how-to" section of the toolkit will help you prepare for an Offering of Letters. Setting up an Offering of Letters event is doable. It doesn't take as much time as you might expect, and you will find that it enriches your faith experience.
  • Advocacy 101
    This resource provides an explanation of how Bread for the World carries out its advocacy with Congress. It explains the legislative process at the federal level and how Bread activists, as constituents of their federal representatives, can engage at various points in the process.

Facts about Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition

  • Facts on Hunger and Poverty in the United States
    In 2017, U.S. poverty and food insecurity rates continued to decline, while median household income increased. However, far too many of our neighbors continue to struggle to buy nutritious food and secure steady jobs with livable wages.
  • Facts on Hunger and Poverty Around the World
    Worldwide, extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990, even while factoring in population growth. While this is a remarkable achievement, 1 in 5 people in developing regions (767 million) still live on less than $1.90.
  • Fact Sheet: Nutrition in Africa
    Africa is the only region with an increase in the number of stunted children between 2000 and 2017. That figure rose from 50.6 million to 58.7 million. Two causes of this setback are rapid population growth and armed conflicts.
  • Fact Sheet: Nutrition in Latin America
    Latin America has made impressive progress against childhood stunting—since 2000, the rate has fallen from 16.9 percent to 9.6 percent. Very high levels of economic inequality remain a significant barrier.
  • Fact Sheet: Nutrition in Southern Asia and the Pacific
    Southern Asia and the Pacific islands, also called Oceania, have higher levels of childhood stunting and wasting than any other world region. Nearly 33 percent of children are stunted and more than 11 percent suffer from wasting. However, there has been progress.

Tools
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For Education

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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