Activist Corner

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A San Antonio Food Bank employee screens applicants on site for SNAP eligibility as part of a Texas Health and Human Services Commission pilot project.

Act Now

Medicaid

  • Call your senators (800-826-3688) and urge them to reject the American Health Care Act and any cuts to Medicaid.
  • The House passed their version of the American Health Care Act. The legislation includes an $880 billion cut to Medicaid, which will increase hunger and poverty for America’s most vulnerable. In fact, 14 million low-income people would lose their Medicaid if the House version of the AHCA was approved by Congress.
  • The Senate will now begin to work on its own health care bill.
  • For more information on this issue:
    Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection
    Bread for the World Urges Senate to Reject AHCA

Every senator needs to hear from their constituents, but we have identified five U.S. senators who will be key votes in this process. If you live in any of the following states, we especially need you to make calls urging them to reject the American Health Care Act:

Nevada: Sen. Dean Heller
Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Maine: Sen. Susan Collins
Arizona: Sen. Jeff Flake
Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner

Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800/822-7323.


Register for Lobby Day

We will gather for our annual Lobby Day in Washington D.C., on June 13. Please consider sending someone from your church or organization to help us make an even bigger impact as we visit our members of Congress on Capitol Hill this year. Registration is now open.


Schedule your letter-writing event

The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger is available in English and Spanish.


Complete Your Activist Field Report Form

Have you met with a new member of Congress? We would love to hear about it. Tell us about your experience using the field report form.

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Religious leaders meet with U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) on foreign assistance. Photo: Bread for the World

Activists in Action

Famine Funding: Ask and you shall receive

Minnesotan Janet Humphrey had some good news to share with her friends.

After receiving an email from Bread for the World instructing her to ask her member of Congress to approve $1 billion in funding for famine, Humphrey was skeptical that her call would matter. It seemed like a long shot, given the current political environment, that Congress would include such a large amount of humanitarian aid in the budget.  She dialed her U.S. congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) anyway. 

“I called the D.C. office of Betty McCollum and told the admin that I wanted to support Bread for the World's request for an additional $1 billion  for famine relief in the fiscal year  2017 budget.” Humphrey said.  “The admin asked, did you say billion, with a ‘B’?”

After telling the staffer that she did indeed mean billion, Humphrey forgot about the call. 

A few weeks later she received another email from Bread’s president David Beckmann telling her that the spending bill had passed and included $1.1 billion in additional funding for famine relief.

“I was completely amazed,” Humphrey said. “Ask and you shall receive."

Humphrey’s call, and the calls  thousands of others made along with her,  will save lives. Famine threatens the lives of an estimated 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.  Aid is urgently needed to stop widespread starvation.

Bread members responded to this urgency in record time. Our leaders sounded the alarm that famine is an issue that the faith community cares about.  In April, a group of religious leaders met with U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) on foreign assistance.

Each advocacy action contributed to this win. The meetings and phone calls that took place across the U.S. were critical to ensuring that Congress included the lifesaving aid in the spending bill.

Ryan Quinn, Bread for the World’s senior international policy analyst, said that even a couple of months ago, no one considered that it would be possible to get Congress to approve the funding.  “This is a win we should celebrate,”  Quinn said.  “The lives that will be saved are numerous.”

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.

How-tos:

Issues-related pieces:

Biblical resources:

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For Education

For Faith

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  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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. 

    The bill under consideration, the American Health Care Act, would gut...