Vote to End Hunger

Bread for the World, its members, and partners are working to make hunger, poverty, and opportunity a priority for candidates. We are moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ to work for justice for hungry people in our country and around the world. We believe that ending hunger by 2030 is a goal within reach, and we are taking action because our children, our neighbors—real people—are suffering. We want candidates to know that we will vote to end hunger.

To learn more about early voting, your registration status, and polling locations in your area, visit vote.org.

Election Campaigns

One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns.

During these periods, current and potential office holders are listening the most and are making and establishing promises, priorities, and plans.

This year, we can elect leaders who will pass laws, fund programs, and create policy to put our nation and the world on track to end hunger by 2030—an outcome that is achievable, if our elected leaders make ending hunger a priority.

Hunger is not a partisan issue. That is why Bread works with our nation’s leaders—whoever they may be—in a bipartisan manner.

Bread does not endorse any candidate or political party. To learn more about early voting, your registration status, and polling locations in your area, visit vote.org

You can help by pushing candidates to outline their plans to end hunger. Photo: Bread for the World

Get Involved

You can help end hunger by pushing this message out to candidates in the congressional and presidential elections.

Some ways to get involved are:

Talk to candidates

Whether during public forums, town hall meetings, or a meeting at a candidate's office, you can engage all candidates on hunger in the elections. In most cases, that will be a candidate from each of the major parties. It is important to engage candidates on both sides so that regardless of who wins, there is a relationship established with the office-holder.

We want you to ask candidates the following questions:

  • If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?
  • Will you publicize your position on hunger, poverty, and opportunity on your website and in social media?
  • Will you meet with us within the first 30 days of taking office?

Tell us and others about your involvement

After meeting with a candidate, please let us know how it went by emailing organizing@bread.org. This will help Bread for the World track the number of candidates who are being engaged.

Additionally, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper and posting your experience on social media will publicize your efforts.

If you have any questions or need support with elections, please contact us by email or 202-639-9400.

Elections Resources

Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources. They include:

  • 2020 Election Platform
    As you consider candidates, consider what it will take to end hunger in the United States and around the world.
  • Presidential Candidate Videos
    Christian leaders with the Circle of Protection asked all presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat, to send a short video explaining what they “would do as president to offer help and opportunity to poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.”
  • The Bible and Elections
    We can't end hunger unless our leaders make it a priority. Romans 13 underscores the importance of governance and justice. In 1 Kings, the queen of Sheba says to Solomon "[the Lord] has made you king to execute justice and righteousness." The Scriptures also show that wise leaders uphold the common good.
  • Churches and the Elections
    Churches and communities of faith are pushing political leaders in a nonpartisan way to focus on ending hunger. Find out how your church can participate and learn about the Dos and Don'ts of complying with IRS regulations on churches.
  • Vote to End Hunger Coalition
    Vote to End Hunger is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations committed to ending hunger. The Vote to End Hunger coalition believes that it will take the combined public and political will to do this and is working to elevate the issue of hunger with candidates.
  • Petition to Congress
    Join people of faith around the country and tell our candidates to make this election about our working communities. Add your name to our petition.

Explore elections further, visit votingrecord.us to learn more about how top presidential candidates are promoting racial equity to end hunger.

"As Christians, we have a responsibility to ensure our neighbors aren't hungry and everyone has the dignity of work"

— excerpt from Bread for the World's Petition to Congress

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • Racially Equitable Responses to Hunger During COVID-19 and Beyond

    By Marlysa D. Gamblin and Kathleen King

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as when a person or household does not have regular, reliable access to the foods needed for good health. Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color (BIPOC) have historically had higher...

  • Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Better Nutrition Protects Lives

    With the coronavirus now spreading in low-resource contexts and new waves of infection expected in the coming year, better nutrition for vulnerable people is more important than ever.

For Faith

  • Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional

    Devotional writers challenge us to feel the Spirit of God within us and to hear God’s urgent call to demand justice so all can put food on the table.
  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “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.

    The Bible on...

  • 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...

For Advocacy

Faith

African at Heart

November 22, 2019

Insight

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