Engage Your Church

Churches are the seedbed for strong and effective advocacy with Bread. In their life as a congregation — in the sermons, prayers, singing, offerings, Bible studies, and service — churches can help their members understand and act on their faith. Bread invites your church to join 5,000 churches across the country nation urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger.Scriptures speak to the role and responsibility of leaders in caring for poor people (Psalm 72; Jeremiah 22; Proverbs 31:8-9). Photo: Laura Pohl/Bread for the World

 


Our Faith Community

One great way to get ideas on how your church can become part of Bread for the World is to hear how other churches and the members and pastors in them have done creative and energizing advocacy activities.


Start an Activity

Choose one activity for your church to get started. Gather ideas and support from your pastor and other church leaders.

Hold an Offering of Letters

You can use this powerful way to engage your church in advocacy. An Offering of Letters is doable, and it’s effective. With Bread’s help, your church members can learn about the year’s issue, write personal letters to their members of Congress urging specific action on that issue, consecrate, and send the letters. Members of Congress say that just a handful of personal letters from constituents get a staff member assigned to research the issue and decide how to respond. Letters are still among the very best ways to communicate with Congress. A heartfelt letter based on your own experience and passion can shape a leader’s opinion.

Engage in Bread Rising, a campaign to end hunger by 2030

God has made it possible to bring an end to hunger by 2030. Learn more about how your church can be part of Bread’s special campaign to pray, act, and give at this transformational time.

Celebrate Bread for the World Sunday

Your church can celebrate Bread for the World Sunday. According to your church traditions, a special service is held in October. The education, prayer, and worship that Sunday is about ending hunger. Congregations commit themselves to the fight against hunger and poverty according to their faith tradition.


Faith Tools

Bread provides many resources designed for churches. They include:

Order these and other resources in the Bread Store.


Ready to Get Your Church Started or Need More Information?

Send us an email at church@bread.org or call at 800/822-7323. We are ready to answer your questions and guide you to the best resources for you and your church.

"When you give a banquet,
invite the poor."

Luke 14:13

Most food assistance comes from the federal government. Infographic by Doug Puller / Bread for the World

Did you know?

Private charities provide about 1 in every 20 bags needed to feed people who are hungry. The federal government provides the rest. Infographic by Doug Puller / Bread for the World

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Tools
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. 

    Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut...