End Hunger 2016

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about how hunger affects our neighbors and what you can do to help. Together, we can end hunger in America. 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.

Elections are times to re-assess how our common resources — our taxpayer dollars — are being used and what the role of our government should be. They are times to discuss and set our priorities as a nation.

We have the power to change lives. Learn the facts. Make a difference. #EndHunger2016.

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.

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America should not be a place where children, veterans, and working families don't have enough to eat. Government, church, and community groups all have an important role to play in tackling this problem. 

A recent survey conducted for Bread reveals that 39 out of every 100 voters polled strongly believe that political candidates must fight for funding for anti-hunger programs to earn their vote. In addition, 64 out of every 100 voters polled consider ending hunger as one of the most important priorities for the U.S. government.

Our elected officials should help promote hope, opportunity, and economic security for all people, especially those struggling to put food on the table. As Christians, we believe that a key moral measure of our government leaders is how their decisions affect those whom Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25:45). 

 

One in Five American Kids Struggles with Hunger.

Did you know? One in five American Kids Struggles with Hunger

Congress must re-authorize the law that sets funding and policy for our country’s child nutrition programs, including school meals, summer feeding, and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers along with their small children. All of these programs have helped millions of children over the decades.

In 2010, we were able to expand and improve these programs. However, more needs to be done. For example: Currently, for every six children who receive lunch assistance, only one also receives a summer meal. Bread for the World’s 2015 Offering of Letters campaign urged Congress to pass a child nutrition bill that closes this hunger gap and gives more hungry children access to the meals they need to thrive.

As an advocate, you can influence lawmakers through persistent phone calls, emails, handwritten letters, video-recorded messages, and in-person meetings. Politely remind lawmakers that, as a citizen and voter, you hold power and that they are accountable to you. Tell them what you want them to do, why it matters to you, and who else in their district/state you represent. Your voice matters.

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What can you do? Learn the facts.

Our Toolkit for Grassroots Advocates provides 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. Form your own toolkit by printing out some or all of the sheets in the kit.

The toolkit includes resources about the biblical basis for advocacy to end hunger, the bible and elections, effectively using public meetings to engage with candidates, tips for writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, facts on hunger and poverty in the United States and internationally, and more.

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It is commonly known that the cause of hunger in the world is not a shortage of food but rather the access to food. Photo: Laura Pohl/Bread for the World

Pray to End Hunger

Prayer is essential to ending hunger. God’s grace in Jesus Christ moves us, and prayer equips us to take faith-grounded advocacy actions. We invite you to make prayers to end hunger part of your regular prayer life. 

The Bible provides numerous examples of men and women like Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel, and the prophets, who prayed intensely prior to carrying out acts of justice, advocacy, or service. Jesus, our ultimate advocate and example of spiritual discipline, prayed and fasted for 40 days before beginning his earthly ministry.

Through prayer, we acknowledge our insufficiency and our dependence on the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses to God's love for humankind. Through prayer, God’s story and our story connect to transform the world.

Bread can help you deepen your prayer commitment. We will send you prayer suggestions every two weeks by email when you sign up. We can also send you other resources about your neighbors who might live next door or around the world who need your prayers.

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We have the power to change lives. Learn the facts. Make a difference.
Graphic by Doug Puller/Bread for the World

Our faith compels us to elect wise leaders who uphold justice and the common good, especially for people who are poor and needy. The Bible underscores the need for good governance and for leaders who govern impartially.

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  • 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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    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

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