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When Bread leaders face an injustice, they often respond with a simple question: What can I do to help?
That is precisely how Bread for the World member Linda Leonard-Woods and the Central Florida Bread Team reacted when they learned Immokalee farm workers — the very people who harvest the food they eat — were going hungry.
This is the second year that Leonard-Woods, a labor justice advocate for Florida Abolitionist, and other Bread team members have prepared and distributed food kits for migrant and local farm workers in Collier County.
The trip, facilitated in part by the Farmworker Association of Florida, allowed the team to roll up their sleeves and help alleviate hunger in the community. By volunteering, they also heard stories from farm workers and were able to ask them questions. In this way, the team strengthened their ability to advocate with the community as they continue to urge their members of Congress to make policy changes that can break cycles of hunger.
Leonard-Woods, who is also chair of the Labor Justice Subcommittee of the Great Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, pointed out the irony of hungry farm workers: “Unfortunately, the people who plant, grow, and harvest our food often struggle to feed their own families due to low wages, inadequate health care and working conditions, and inflated costs for deplorable, overcrowded rental properties.”
It’s hard enough for low-wage workers to make ends meet when there is a paycheck, but in the off-season agricultural work becomes scarce. Off-season months are made harder for undocumented workers, since they do not have access to a safety net and often face the added burden of exploitation.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, at least half of all farm workers in the United States are undocumented. Bread for the World approaches immigration as a hunger issue. Research shows that many undocumented immigrants are leaving their home countries to escape hunger and poverty only to face hunger once they arrive in the United States.
Solidarity and treating others with love and respect is just the first step for the Florida Bread team. Ending the hunger season will take continued advocacy at the federal level.
“The Bible tells us that it is out of our bounty that we are to provide for those in less fortunate situations,” Leonard-Wood said..
Faithful provision begins with a simple question: What can I do to help?
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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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