Hunger and the Coronavirus

The world is living through unprecedented times. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing anxiety, uncertainty, and disruption. As is often the case, people living in hunger and poverty are likely to suffer the most. Though we may feel powerless and overwhelmed, we are not. Now is the time to heed God’s call to care for the “least among us.”

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Bread for the World applauds Congress and the Trump administration for passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), but much more is needed to ensure the most vulnerable families have the support they need.

You can help. Urge your senators and representatives to increase SNAP benefits to help families cope with the economic downturn that is accompanying efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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COVID-19, Hunger, and its Consequences for the most Vulnerable

The Role of Congress

  • Individuals and organizations cannot mobilize the resources that the U.S. government can to support the 1 in 8 Americans who live at risk of hunger.
  • Federal nutrition programs provide roughly 10 times as much food assistance as private churches and charities.
  • Congress must go beyond food assistance to provide supports that enable families to be self-reliant.
  • Funding for domestic and global nutrition programs are needed now more than ever.
  • Future legislation needs to support U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State to help curb the global pandemic.

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The Role of Faith During a Pandemic

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we appeal ever more strongly to our God, who is a God of hope and healing. We return time and again to our God, who is with us, who loves us, who shares our concerns, and who yearns for our good health, safety, and flourishing.

And so, in confidence we pray for God’s healing Spirit to hover over every inch of this world:

God of Hope and Healing:

Pour out your Holy Spirit on all people everywhere so that anxiety might be transformed into assurance that you are with us.

Give strength to our public health officials, elected leaders, doctors, and nurses everywhere as they work to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Protect those among us who are vulnerable in this time, those experiencing greater hunger, and those who do not have access to reliable and adequate healthcare.

We give thanks for first responders, who put their own health and safety at risk to save the lives of others. May they have every resource they need to do their jobs well and safely.

All this we pray, through Jesus Christ, our rock and our strength. Amen.

Throughout this crisis, we return in prayer time and again to our loving God, who yearns for our good health, safety, and flourishing. Sign up for Prayers to End Hunger and receive prayer resources by email every other Friday.

"Just as you did it to the least of these ... you did it to me."

Matthew 25:40

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    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

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