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Faith leaders gathered in unified denouncement of President Trumps budget and the GOP's health care bill. Photo: Joseph Molieri / Bread for the World

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Budget and Appropriations

  • Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress and urge them to protect funding for critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs in the fiscal year 2018 spending bill.
  • The House and Senate passed legislation earlier this month that sets topline funding levels for the next two years. With a fixed dollar amount to work with, appropriators must now decide funding levels for each individual program. At stake is funding for vital anti-hunger programs, such as WIC, international humanitarian assistance, and global nutrition.

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Schedule your letter-writing event

Materials for the 2018 Offering of Letters: For Such a Time as This are now online in English and Spanish. Through hand-written letters, we will urge Congress to invest in and protect key programs that help improve the lives of men, women, and children facing hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

Bread members are encouraged to learn more about the issue, participate in workshops, and schedule letter-writing events now. Contact your regional organizer if you have questions (

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Peter England is a seasoned advocate and Bread leader.

Activists in Action

Laying the Foundation for Letter Writing

Any good teacher knows that learning occurs in steps—a process Peter England is using to introduce the 2018 Offering of Letters: For Such a Time as This to parishioners at his St. Louis Catholic Church in Pinecrest, Florida.

In 2018, the administration and Congress will once again target vital domestic and international anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs for deep cuts. Letters that let lawmakers know people of faith care and are knowledgeable about what is at stake will be essential in averting budget cuts that would lead to increased hunger and poverty—reversing over a decade of progress.

England, a seasoned advocate and Bread leader, has been helping his church write letters since 1989. As a Bread for the World covenant church, St. Louis Catholic has made anti-hunger advocacy central to their mission.

Before congregants put pen to paper during their May 4 Offering of Letters, England will lay a foundation of facts about hunger and the government funded programs that can help end it. In teaching, this technique—called scaffolding—gives students a better chance at using newly acquired knowledge independently.

England, who chairs the Bread for the World ministry in the parish of over 3,000, begins teaching as soon as the Offering of Letter’s toolkit is available. “I use the fact sheet in the kit and pepper information about what is at stake in our church bulletin each week until it is time to write,” he said. He also shows videos and gives altar talks to build momentum in the weeks before letter writing is scheduled.

Familiarity with hunger issues is important to England’s strategy. “We demand that each letter be original and it must be handwritten,” he said.  “By the time of writing, we have educated them and they know what they are writing about.”

His leadership in anti-hunger advocacy is deeply embedded in a Catholic faith that puts the needs of the poor above the desires of the rich. For England, that includes changing the structures that cause hunger and poverty.  “Christians are often more interested in charity than they are justice,” he said.

The process of writing letters might educate parishioners at St. Louis Catholic, but it is the delivery that impacts decision-makers who can change the policies that perpetuate hunger.  Last year, England and his team hand-delivered 1,500 letters to U.S. congressional offices in Florida.

In Mathew 7:24, Jesus teaches that a sturdy foundation guards against ruin.  A house built on a rock does not fall.  In the same way, building a strong foundation for the Offering of Letters is a sure way to build a base of knowledge about hunger that will last—a lesson England will continue to teach.

More Resources: Activist Tool Kit

The Activist Tool Kit is intended for new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists. It 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.

It's 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.


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