Vote to End Hunger

A Faith-Based Approach to Engaging the 2024 Elections

Why We Engage in the Electoral Process

At Bread for the World, we bring our faith to our civic engagement, whether that is through the electoral process or through our advocacy. Our faith is at the core of who we are, and it is grounded in love—love of God, and love of our neighbors as ourselves. God is revealed to us in Scripture, and we turn to Scripture to ground ourselves in who and whose we are: God’s beloved.

In the Gospels, Jesus displays a particular heart for those who experience poverty, hunger, and vulnerability in our nation and in our world. God is not neutral; God sides with people who are forgotten, marginalized, and oppressed. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are first called to love. We know love because God loved us first. We respond to our loving relationship with God by loving our neighbors.

We choose to be guided by love as we show up in our congregations, on social media, and in supporting vulnerable people in our communities. It is also about how we show up in public spaces, whether that is in the way we engage presidential or congressional candidates, the way we vote, the way we participate in political discourse, or our advocacy actions. We know that our political decisions impact our neighbors.

Why We Vote

The leaders we elect make the decisions for our country. Scripture emphasizes the importance of government in pursuing justice and caring for its people. Joseph served the good of his people through his active participation in the Egyptian political structure of his day (Genesis 41). After the people of Israel returned from exile in Babylon, the governor, Nehemiah, was able to ask the king of Persia to supply resources for the rebuilding of Jerusalem because of his faithful role in the governance of Persia (Nehemiah 2:1-9). Scriptures also show that wise leaders uphold justice and the common good, especially for those who are poor and in need (Psalm 72:12-14). Leviticus 19:15 and James 2:2-4 call leaders to govern without partiality.

In our democracy, as we seek to love our neighbors and God’s creation, we are called to involve ourselves in electing wise and just leaders, including those who are committed to ending hunger. Our country was founded on the idea that “we the people” are responsible for selecting our own leaders. It is from the people that authority is given to those who govern, and so we as Christians should participate in the processes of putting in place the type of leaders called for in Scripture. Because of our democratic election process, constituents can ask questions and receive information about a candidate’s position on issues of hunger and poverty. We can also share that information with our friends and neighbors—to help them cast their votes for wise and just candidates. In this way, we continue in the tradition of the prophets, such as Isaiah and Jeremiah, who called nations and their rulers to account for their behavior.

 

 

 

 

 

Five Ways You Can Engage in the 2024 Elections

 

 

 

1. Pray for the Electoral Process and Political Candidates

 

 

Through prayer, we’re reminded of our deep connection to God and our collective need for divine guidance. As 1 Timothy 2:1-2 urges, our prayers should encompass everyone, leaders included, paving the way for peace, godliness, and holiness in our lives and communities.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

In challenging times, just as in the days of early Christians, prayer empowers us to support those in authority with a spirit of love and advocacy. It’s a powerful act that binds us closer to God and to each other, fueling our mission to end hunger. Join us in prayer, and together, let’s create a world where all are fed and cherished.

This is our prayer for congressional candidates. Join us in praying:

Dear God, our Creator, through our elected leaders and our government, you sustain all you have made.

We pray especially for people who are seeking election to political offices in our country. Grant them integrity and wisdom to focus on matters that strengthen our government and protect the most vulnerable among us.

Give us courage to challenge candidates to address issues of hunger and poverty. As we prepare to cast our votes, may we be guided by your vision of justice and mercy.

In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Urge Candidates to Lead on Hunger

 

 

We cannot end hunger in the U.S. and globally unless we have leaders in Washington, D.C. who will make it a priority. In addition to the presidential candidates, there are 468 seats in Congress (33 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) up for election in November. This is why it is critical to engage all of the candidates on hunger issues and vote for those committed to taking the lead.

The leaders we elect make decisions that impact people who are experiencing hunger and poverty here in the United States and around the world. Decisive action by members of Congress and the president can help us move toward a world without hunger. Enacting policies and programs that create jobs, strengthen safety nets, invest in human capital development, support community-initiated public-private partnerships, and support international efforts to end hunger and poverty will make a difference.

As believers, we urge congressional candidates to adopt platforms that prioritize these values. In that regard, these are the three questions we submit to our candidates:

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

 

Other Ways to Engage Political Candidates

1. Attend a virtual or in-person meeting with candidates and read their campaign literature, platforms, and social media posts to learn their positions on measures to end hunger and poverty.

2. Send candidates emails, letters, or other correspondence, or tag them on social media and ask how they will end hunger and poverty.

3. Share information with your friends and family about candidates’ positions on issues of hunger and poverty on social media and in conversations.

4. Volunteer time and contribute resources to candidates who have demonstrated their commitment to reducing widespread hunger and poverty.

5. Learn about the candidates. In order to end hunger, we must elect candidates committed to it. Here are some ways to learn the candidates’ positions on how they would end hunger in both in the U.S. and globally:

  • Follow the elections in your local news.
  • Review the candidates’ websites to see if they have a position on ending hunger. If not, write to the candidates’ campaigns and ask for their position.
  • Attend the candidates’ town hall meetings and ask for their positions on ending hunger.
  • Watch the local and national debates.
  • Follow the candidates’ social media accounts.
  • Research the candidates’ prior experiences with or votes on hunger issues.
  • If a candidate does have a position on how they would end hunger, be sure to share that position with others.

3. Lift Your Voice on Social Media

“Advocacy is part of loving your neighbor and an integral part of our discipleship. We are called to demonstrate to the world God’s love and concern for the poor, for the marginalized, for the widow, for children, for those who don’t have a voice.”– Rev. Eugene Cho, President & CEO of Bread for the World

Posts For Your X, Instagram & Facebook

  1. The election on November 5 is pivotal, and I’m lending my voice to this important campaign. Will you join me? bread.org/vote
  2. We can’t end hunger in the United States or globally unless U.S leadership – including the president, Congress, and state and local lawmakers – make it a priority. As believers, we urge congressional candidates to adopt platforms that prioritize these values: bread.org/vote
  3. In the midst of political division and standstill, we as believers need to be guided by our values. Check out this @Bread4theWorld guide to voting your values, to learn how the Scriptures teach us to pray for our leaders, vote our values, and serve our country: bread.org/vote
  4. “Advocacy is part of loving your neighbor and an integral part of our discipleship. We are called to demonstrate to the world God’s love and concern for the poor, for the marginalized, for the widow, for children, for those who don’t have a voice.” @EugeneCho @Bread4theWorld bread.org/vote
  5. “Injustice is not a right and left issue. It’s a right and wrong issue. And politics often involve justice and injustice because politics influence policies that impact people…and people always matter to God.” @EugeneCho @Bread4theWorld Learn how you can vote to End Hunger: bread.org/vote

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4. Register and Vote

The content in the following external resources and websites may not reflect the views or public policies endorsed by Bread for the World.

  • Vote.org
    Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. Through public outreach, Vote.org has become an accessible, trusted online resource for voting information. To learn more about early voting, your registration status, and polling locations in your area, visit this site.
  • MyFaithVotes
    My Faith Votes is a non-partisan movement that motivates, equips, and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth.
  • National Task Force on Election Crisis
    The National Task Force on Election Crises is a diverse, cross-partisan group of more than 50 experts in election law, election administration, national security, cybersecurity, voting rights, civil rights, technology, media, public health, and emergency response. The Task Force’s core mission is to ensure free and fair elections by recommending responses to a range of election crises.
  • TurnOutSunday.com
    TURNOUT Sunday coordinates civic engagement and public policy information sharing among denominational and independent church leaders.
  • Unidosus.org
    UnidosUS serves the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in program work in communities nationwide and through a network of over 300 affiliates across the country.

5. Contact an Organizer

Bread for the World has a team of organizers ready to help you vote your values. Click on the regional organizers below to find out which one is assigned to your state and then connect with them directly.

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