Bread's I Vote to End Hunger Campaign

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.

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.

2018 Midterm Elections

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.

The 2018 midterm elections are critical in our work. 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.

Get Involved

As part of our I Vote to End Hunger strategy, Bread needs you to be part of this campaign and push this message out to candidates in the congressional elections. You can join our campaign:

Get in front of the 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 2018 midterm 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.

Use Our Elections Resources

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

  • Not sure where to vote? View polling locations, check your registration status, and find out if you can vote early.
  • The Bible and Elections
    We can't end hunger in our own country and overseas unless we have leaders in our federal government who make this a priority. Romans 13 underscores the importance of good governance and maintaining justice. In 1 Kings, the queen of Sheba said to Solomon "[the Lord] has made you king to execute justice and righteousness." The Scriptures also show that wise leaders uphold justice and the common good, especially for those who are poor and needy.
  • Churches and the Elections
    Churches and communities of faith are coming together to push political leaders to focus on ending hunger. We are doing this in a nonpartisan way, pushing the issue, not a particular party or candidate. Find out how your chuch can participate and learn about the Dos and Don'ts of complying with IRS regulations on churches.
  • Bread for the World's Election Platform
    As you consider candidates in the 2018 election, we welcome you to read our policy platform and learn what it will take to end hunger in the United States and around the world. We urge you to raise hunger-related issues with candidates and to give time, money, and votes to candidates who will help to end hunger.
  • Hunger and Poverty Facts
    In 2016, U.S. poverty and food insecurity rates continued to decline, while both median household income and health insurance coverage increased. However, far too many of our neighbors continue to struggle to buy nutritious food and secure steady jobs with livable wages. Worldwide, extreme poverty rates have been cut by half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, 1 in 5 people in developing regions (767 million) still live on less than $1.90 per day.
  • 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.
  • Podcast: Mass Incarceration and Hunger
    Returning citizens in Florida share their personal stories and talk about their efforts to regain their voting rights. Marlysa D. Gamblin, domestic advisor for policy and programs at Bread for the World Institute discusses the linkage to poverty and hunger and legislative actions necessary to mitigate the damaging effects.
  • Vote to End Hunger Coalition
    Vote to End Hunger is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030. We believe that it will take the combined public and political will to do this and are working together to elevate the issue of hunger with candidates during the next election cycle.
"As a Christian, I believe we have a moral responsibility to ensure our neighbors don't go hungry and that everyone has the dignity of work"

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

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

For Faith

  • 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...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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.

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  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

Field

Changing Climate, Changing Farmers

February 7, 2017

Insight

April 10, 2018

The Jobs Challenge

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