- About Hunger
- How to End Hunger
- Our Impact
- Get Involved
By Bread Staff
When it comes to advocating for an end to hunger, Deb Martin is a seasoned veteran. A member of Bread for the World for over 30 years, faith and the call to ‘love your neighbor’ drives Ms. Martin’s advocacy. “I want to be a good neighbor to everyone,” she said.
In April, Ms. Martin attended a town hall in Berlin, Wis. with her member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Glenn Grotham (R-WI-06). Grotham, like many of his colleagues, held a series of town halls during the Easter recess.
Ms. Martin, who also leads a chapter of the Global Mission team through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, is concerned about the deep cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget. Right now, 20 million people are at risk of starvation due to famine, and near-famine conditions, in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. U.S. foreign assistance funding, which represents less than 1 percent of the federal budget, means the difference between life and death for these people.
Ms. Martin used the public forum to ask Grotham to protect foreign aid funding. “It is so small,” Ms. Martin said, “and it makes a positive difference around the world.” Grotham responded that he thought foreign aid funding was likely to take a hit.
Cutting foreign assistance, or any program that helps alleviate hunger, is not inevitable. Cutting funding for anti-hunger programs is a choice — a choice that members of Congress will not make if they hear from enough faithful advocates.
Face-to-face meetings are the best way to influence your member of Congress, according to the Congressional Management Foundation. Town halls offer an opportunity to speak directly to your lawmaker. As a bonus, your question may educate and influence others in your community to think about hunger.
When the time comes to vote on a budget, Grotham will recall that foreign assistance is an issue that matters back home.
Asked for tips on attending a town hall, Ms. Martin said to prepare questions in advance and write them down, but the most important thing was to attend. “Just showing up shows that you care,” she said.
Cutting funding for anti-hunger programs is a choice — a choice that members of Congress will not make if they hear from enough faithful advocates.
Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.
To end hunger and poverty in the United States by 2030, our country needs to support a budget that improves the lives of men, women, and children. Unfortunately, the Trump administration and Congress are proposing dramatic cuts to programs that promote economic opportunity or provide food...
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Throughout its history, people have moved here from all over the world and have contributed to their communities and our national life. Today, as in the past, immigrants are also creating prosperity for this nation.
A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.
Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.
In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.
We are deeply pleased...
A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
Over the past year and a half, about two-dozen young adults from the United States and countries in Africa and the Caribbean, have gathered virtually and in person to reflect on the effects of hunger and poverty in black communities. The working group has been considering socio-political and...
Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut...