Engaging Individuals

Bread for the World urges elected leaders in Washington, D.C., to enable people in the U.S. and abroad to feed their families and move out of poverty. But our ability to bring about change for hungry people depends on the actions of people like you — citizens and residents who communicate with their elected representatives in Washington, D.C.

Members of Congress want to hear from constituents about the issues they will vote on. When you, your friends, your community, and others in your congressional district or state tell your elected officials in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that ending hunger is important and urge them to take specific actions, they will listen.

You don’t have to have any special skills or be part of a well-funded powerful lobbying group to engage in hunger-related advocacy. Bread is a powerful lobbying group — a network of people of faith and concerned individuals across the country who care about hunger. Perhaps you volunteer at a soup kitchen or contribute to a food bank. Maybe you’ve traveled to a developing country. Sharing your real-life experiences with elected officials in our federal government is powerful and can change lives. Just as important, by speaking out, you will begin to create a useful relationship with your elected leaders.

Unless you and others tell elected leaders that ending hunger is a priority, the many other issues and concerns Congress hears about will drown out the voices for hungry people.

Here are some concerns you can include in your prayers right now. Pray for: •	people who experience persistent hunger, particularly women and children. Photo: Laura Pohl / Bread for the World

History of Engagement

Engaging people from all walks of life in advocacy to end hunger has always been central to Bread’s mission. It has enabled us to win important victories for hungry people at home and abroad, year after year.

When Bread was founded in 1974, the “Project 500” campaign sought to recruit 500 citizen leaders across the country who would lobby their members of Congress on hunger-related issues. Ever since that first, successful campaign, which formed the backbone of Bread’s citizen advocate base, Bread has continued to support and equip current advocates and to engage and recruit the next generation of leaders.

Bread organizing staff across the country help to involve citizens and residents in the districts and states they cover. Engaging advocates is especially important in districts and states represented by key members of Congress — members of leadership and committees that oversee policy and programs that directly affect hungry people.

Jesus said ...
"you give them something to eat."

Matthew 14:16

Video

Ending Hunger

May 1, 2015

Leave a Legacy of Hope

Video - running time: 4:55

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.

  • Budget 101: Block Grants, Flexibility, and Per Capita Caps

    Recent congressional budget proposals and plans to reduce poverty include options for changing the structure of current social programs from “entitlements,” which provide sufficient funding to address the needs of everyone who meets the eligibility requirements to “block grants,” which provide...

  • Key African American Contributions to Ending Hunger and Poverty

    Leaders from the African-American community have helped our country and other nations inch ever closer to the goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Key contributions by African-Americans throughout this century can be found below.

    ...

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