The dignity in growing food
By Robin Stephenson Mago Reyes is an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary story. Brought to America...
Over the years, these letters and emails from congregations, campuses and community groups have helped inspire our leaders in Washington, D.C., to pass legislative victories that reduce hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
One in four children under five are severely malnourished. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Every voice matters. With your help, we can reach the people with the power and resources to make hunger a problem of the past.
As Christians, we are called to seek justice, care for those experiencing hunger and poverty, and embrace our Creator’s vision of hope, love, and peace. We are called to embody it in public as we commit to live in solidarity with those who are made vulnerable by the inequities that drive hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
“Speak out for the rights of all who are destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Read and support our current legislative domestic and global priorities to ensure an end to hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
Connect with Your Local Organizer and get support and tips on how best to select a letter topic and plan and promote your event, as well as uplift hunger issues in your state and region.
Schedule and plan your in-person or online event. Work with your pastor, or church council to get permission and support. Promote your event through pulpit announcements, short videos, newsletters, church website, weekly bulletins, and social media.
For an in-person event, collect the letters for each member of Congress and mail them to your district office or Capitol Hill. You can also hand-deliver letters to the office of your respective member of Congress.
For an online event, write your letters at home and then mail them directly to your members of Congress. Or email and send your letters online to your representative and both senators with a single form. Keep track of how many emails are sent by asking participants to let you know once they have done so.
Report your results. After the completion of your Offering of Letters event, tell us about your event and report your results using this short online form.
Bread for the World’s mission to help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world is put into action through ongoing advocacy efforts. We know hunger is solvable, and we’re committed to educating and equipping people to join us in urging U.S. decision makers to pursue a world without hunger. Learn more about our core campaigns around policies that can reduce global food insecurity, poverty, and hunger.
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Bread for the World has a team of organizers ready to help you with an Offering of Letters event. Click on the regional organizers below to find out which one is assigned to your state and then connect with them directly.
“After working with Bread for the World, I will never again think that I have no voice or that nobody will listen. My work with Bread taught me that when we seek them out, politicians listen, and sometimes even change.”
“When the world was closed, when our temples were shut down, the Holy Spirit helped us move forward using technology. At the time of Jesus, the Early Christians used the Roman Empire roads to advance the gospel message. Bread for the World already had the digital letters in their website. We simply discerned how to be sent as hunger prophets to do the work of hunger justice in new ways. As we move forward, I envision being Good News people using a hybrid model to do the offering of letters in our parish, part digital and part in person.”
“Having the opportunity to lead a legislative meeting was a transformative experience. Empathy is a critical part of compassion and, more importantly, action. In The Feeding of the 5,000, Jesus exemplifies the meaning of compassion and demonstrates necessity of justice. As a follower of Christ, challenging our leaders to empathize with our neighbors undergoing food insecurity and acting upon it, was a moral responsibility for me. Putting my faith into action and advocating for the voice of the most vulnerable was an enriching experience I will always remember.”
“Working directly with individuals currently living in poverty and collaborating with Bread for the World has impacted my view on Unity. Coming together allows us to reach people far and wide, lending more voices to the issues the world faces with hunger. Together we can make a difference.”
“I look at advocacy as being a voice for people who are not heard or people who don’t realize they have a voice in the first place. Being able to speak with our representatives about relevant topics that impact our neighborhood was a tremendous opportunity and needs to happen more often, so I can keep being a megaphone for the community.”
List of downloadable resources for Offering of Letters.