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Bread's 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger.

Act Now

2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger

  • Call (800/826-3688) or email your members of Congress and tell them to invest in programs like WIC, SNAP, tax credits for low-income workers, and international development assistance.
  • 2017 looks to be a very dangerous year for programs that help poor and hungry people. Congress could make significant cuts to programs in the 2018 budget and spending bills unless they hear from constituents.
  • Learn more about the 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger.

Immigration:

  • Call and urge your senators and representative (800/826-3688) to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act.
  • Rescinding DACA before passage of the BRIDGE Act would not only have devastating effects on young adults and their families, but would also hurt our economy. Through DACA, more than 741,000 individuals have been able to contribute to our society and their communities.
  • For background, download our new resource: bill analysis of the BRIDGE Act.

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


Meet Your Members of Congress

In-person meetings are the most influential way to communicate with your members of Congress about issues that will end hunger. Fortunately, your members of Congress provide frequent opportunities in the form of town forums during in-district work periods. Contact your lawmaker’s local office and ask when the next event is scheduled. To learn more, download our guide to Effectively Using Public Meetings to Engage with Members of Congress.

With enough advance notice, you can also schedule meetings with members of Congress when they are home. The next congressional recess begins Feb. 20. Another in-district work period is scheduled for the weeks of April 10 and April 17. For tips on how to schedule a meeting read: How to Conduct an In-District Meeting with a Member of Congress (or the Staff).

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Bread team from New Mexico prepares for Lobby Day 2014. Photo: Bread for the World

Activists in Action

New Mexico Leaders Plan an Offering of Letters Workshop 

Carlos Navarro, who joined Bread for the World more than 30 years ago and has been committed to ending hunger ever since, leads our efforts in Albuquerque, N.M. Navarro organizes a yearly workshop designed to introduce the Offering of Letters to local church leaders and anti-hunger activists. 

Navarro has scheduled an Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger workshop for March 11. The workshop will teach participants how to conduct a successful letter-writing event, and also how to have an effective meeting with congressional members.

In advance of the panel, Navarro asked New Mexico Bread activists for tips and recorded them in a post on the Bread New Mexico Blog. Asked how to prepare for a visit to your congressional office, Bread member Ellen Beulow said:

"Preparing is half the journey. Bread webinars are great places to learn about issues. The Offering of Letters kit pinpoints why and how to write our congressional representatives. However, to speak to staffers about that issue, we need to gather some personal stories in our community...It’s important to keep conversations concise and to the point while giving perspective on needs in New Mexico."

Ellen and her husband Larry will travel to Washington, D.C., for Bread’s annual Lobby Day, Tuesday June 13. To increase the impact of their advocacy, Navarro and others will schedule in-district meetings with congressional staff to coincide with the couple’s Capitol Hill visits. 

Our work to end hunger is powered by the passion and talent of our activists across the United States. We are louder when we organize and stronger when we take advantage of the wealth of knowledge our members have accumulated in over 40 years of advocacy.

If you need tips or have questions about organizing an Offering of Letters workshop in your region, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800/822-7323.

"Preparing is half the journey.
Bread webinars are great places
to learn about issues."

Bread Member Ellen Beulow

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