Bread for the World Sunday

Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others — in thousands of churches across the country — in living out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial support to Bread of the World, your church can give bold witness to God's justice and mercy in the world. This year, Bread for the World Sunday is scheduled for October 16, but you are welcome to participate on another date if that works best for your church. Your celebration can be as simple as including prayers for hungry people in worship. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children's message, and other activities to ending hunger in God's world.

Poverty is the major cause of hunger. Photo: Jim Stipe for Bread for the World

Resources for your Bread for the World Sunday celebration

A variety of free resources — including a guide with a lectionary study and litany, bulletin inserts, prayers, hunger facts, and much more — are available to order in English and Español

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We pray for an end to hunger in God's world. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Join us in prayer for an end to hunger

Your church or faith community may also want to join others who have made a commitment to ongoing prayer for an end to hunger. Thousands of individuals have already made this commitment to ongoing prayer to support the emerging international movement to end widespread hunger by 2030. The Bread for the World Sunday guide offers suggestions about how your congregation might become involved in these prayers for an end to hunger.

On Bread for the World Sunday, we recognize and give thanks for the work churches, community groups, and denominations are all doing to remove the obstacles that keep people from sharing in God's abundance. We celebrate the diversity of faith traditions across race, ethnicity, and culture that are working together to end hunger. Moved by God's love in Jesus Christ, we reach out in love to our neighbors — and create a better future for all.

Commit to Pray
Hunger and poverty persist around the world. Let’s pray for those who need our help the most. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Recursos en Español

El Domingo de Pan para el Mundo es una oportunidad para que su iglesia o comunidad de fe se una a otros — en miles de iglesias a través de todo el país — con el propósito de vivir la visión de Dios de un mundo carente de hambre. A través de nuestras oraciones para la erradicación del hambre, cartas y llamadas telefónicas a los líderes de nuestra nación y del apoyo financiero a Pan para el Mundo, su iglesia puede dar testimonio de la justicia y la misericordia de Dios en el mundo. 

Nuestros esfuerzos por ayudar a quienes se encuentran en necesidad son fortalecidos por Pan para el Mundo, según une a personas de muchas tradiciones de fe — para que sean una voz colectiva cristiana que inste a aquéllos que toman las decisiones a cambiar las políticas y condiciones que permiten que el hambre persista. También damos gracias por las iglesias y otras organizaciones que proveen ayuda de emergencia y de largo alcance con el propósito de vencer el hambre, la pobreza y las enfermedades.

"For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Mark 10:45 (theme for the 2016 Bread for the World Sunday - with verse 43)

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • The U.S. Contribution to Ending Global Malnutrition

    We have a new opportunity in 2017 to speed up global progress against malnutrition among pregnant women and young children. Worldwide, maternal and child malnutrition causes millions of deaths each year. In some countries, it holds entire generations back from reaching their economic potential....

  • Fact Sheet: Nutrition During Famine

    Famine means that 20 percent or more of the households in an area have “an extreme lack of food and other basic needs where starvation, death, and destitution are evident.”

    Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, while other areas of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and...

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    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.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    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.

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    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...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    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.


  • The State of Black Poverty: A Pan-African Millennial Perspective on Ending Hunger by 2030

    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...

  • Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

    Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

    The bill under consideration, the American Health Care Act, would gut...


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