As a collective Christian voice working towards ending hunger at home and abroad, Bread equips people to participate in organized advocacy. That may be through writing personal letters and emails, meeting with members of Congress, or hosting an Offering of Letters. Bread seeks to change legislation that will reduce chronic hunger- when there is no option to eat when hungry, the lack of calories and/or essential nutrients, the ongoing problem with getting food to eat.
Hunger exists in many types of contexts and can happen to anyone. There are different ways to advocate for improving food and nutrition sources. You can participate as a group/congregation by hosting an Offering of Letters. Bread outlines 6 steps for organizing one of these special events with the support of a Bread regional organizer. (As well as a more extended guide below.) A great way to learn about the impact of hunger and poverty is to check out on of Bread’s issue-related fact sheets on hunger and poverty, hunger in the Latino Community, mass incarceration, etc. You can write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper highlighting what people are experiencing in your own community. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and encourage involvement from others. Bread also shares resources for how to effectively use public meetings to engage with members of Congress.
Advocacy is an opportunity to use your talents, gifts, skills and relationships to impact hunger. To decrease food insecurity, to increase access to nutritious and affordable food, to come together as communities and acknowledge what ourselves or our neighbors might be experiencing. Bread for the World also invites us to pray to end hunger. To pray for God’s grace, for people who experience persistent hunger, and to equip faith-grounded advocacy actions.
Conducting an Offering of Letters Guide
Exploring the past and the present of Festival of Sharing.