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.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

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.

    ...

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    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...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

Field

Changing Climate, Changing Farmers

February 7, 2017

Insight

From the Blog