Activist Corner

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Bread activists visit the office of Rep. Anthony Brown during the 2018 Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day.  Lacey Johnson for Bread for the World.

Act Now

2019 Offering of Letters

  • Call (800-826-3688) or email your senators and urge them to contact the offices of Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) and request to become an original cosponsor of the Senate’s version of the Global Nutrition Resolution.
  • The legislation recognizes the importance of continued U.S. leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition. In the coming weeks, Collins and Coons will introduce a senate resolution recognizing the importance of continued U.S. leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition. Urge your senator to become an original cosponsor of the resolution, before its introduction, to help build support for accelerating progress toward ending hunger and malnutrition.

For more information on this issue:

Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800-822-7323.


New 2019 Offering of Letters Resources

Find the most up-to-date sample letter here (DOCX).

If you are looking for a video to introduce the 2019 Offering of Letters to your church or organization, consider using a video short from Rev. David Beckmann of his recent trip to Ethiopia. You can find the video here, or view all of the video shorts from his travels in Ethiopia and Guatemala here. You can also view “Accelerating Global Nutrition: Lessons from Nepal,” which is a short video that lays out the crisis of malnutrition and how your advocacy is making a difference.

Many of you have been asking where you should report your Offering of Letters events. You can report letters here with the online feedback form.

For leaders interested in conducting an Offering of Letters workshop or adult forum on global nutrition, the organizing department has developed a PowerPoint presentation that you can be accessed here or in the Offering of Letters toolkit.

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, find a template here.


August Recess

August recess means opportunities to engage with your members of Congress. You can invite them to your local event or to take a tour of your church pantry. You can schedule an in-district visit with them or attend one of their town hall meetings.

Regardless of your plans, it’s never too early to start. The Senate begins its August recess the first week of August. The House is scheduled to break for August recess July 26.

Your members will be in their home districts and states and looking to hear from constituents all month. Make sure ending hunger is part of the conversation. Contact your organizer for more ideas and talking points.

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Drayton Cullen is a classics and history major at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Activists in Action

Spotlight: Drayton Cullen

When Drayton Cullen was younger, the only thing he knew about hunger was the bread box at church. As he grew older and learned more about what it is, he—like many people—didn’t think ending hunger was possible. That changed during his spring break in March when he attended a Bread for the World board meeting in Washington, D.C., with his grandfather, Bob Terry, a Bread board member.

“Before my time with [Bread], I considered ending hunger to be a somewhat unrealistic expectation,” Cullen said. “However, Bread for the World opened my eyes to the many ways in which we can all participate to achieve it.”

After learning about Bread and the goal of ending hunger by 2030, Cullen hosted an Offering of Letters workshop at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and invited classmates to participate.

A classics and history major at Samford, Cullen just completed his junior year and is preparing for an internship working on public policy issues in Alabama. Cullen is also considering attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree in public policy.

“Bread for the World is an organization of intelligent, well equipped, and caring leaders who are instrumental in the battle against hunger,” he said. “I am blessed to have met them as they have completely transformed my perspective on the likelihood of ending hunger.”

He added: “Ending hunger by 2030 is a goal that our nation should strive for, our communities should be aware of, and we as a Christian people should fight to achieve.”

 

More Resources: Activist Tool Kit

The Activist Tool Kit is intended for new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists. It provides a set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

It's ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists. Form your own toolkit by printing out some or all of the sheets in the kit.

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