Activist Corner

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Bread for the World members lobby Congress to make ending hunger a top priority for government.

Act Now

Budget

  • Email or call (800/826-3688) and your members of Congress and tell them to protect foreign aid and reject budget cuts that increase hunger. Tell them not to cut the lifesaving programs that account for less than 1 percent of the budget and also help keep America safe.
  • President Trump is proposing a 31 percent cut to the State Department and USAID, which fund many of the United States’ foreign aid and development assistance programs. This comes at a time when 20 million people stand on the verge of or are in the midst of famine in Africa.
  • For more information on this issue:
    Trump Budget Targets Poor and Hungry People
    Poverty-Focused Development Assistance (PFDA) 101

Medicaid

  • Email or call (800/826-3688) and tell your senators and representative to vote NO on the American Health Care Act. Tell them not to cut funding or restructure Medicaid.
  • House Republicans released their replacement proposal for the Affordable Care Act and the legislation restructures Medicaid funding and rolls back the expansion. Fourteen million low-income Americans will lose their health care if the Medicaid expansion is rolled back. This will force people to have to choose between buying food and paying for medicine.
  • For more information on this issue:
    Trump-Endorsed Health Plan Would Increase Hunger
    Budget 101: Block Grants, Flexibility, and Per Capita Caps

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


Schedule your letter-writing event

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


Save the Date 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.


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. With enough advance notice, you can also schedule meetings with members of Congress when they are home. The next 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).


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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Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, will discuss how we are responding to the changing political landscape in the United States and the famines affecting millions of people in Africa and the Middle East. Join us for an informative webinar and also find out how your advocacy can drive change in the coming months.

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Rev. Carlos Malavé is a constituent of one of the most powerful decision makers in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.).

Activists in Action

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17-18)

Rev. Carlos Malavé is a constituent of one of the most powerful decision makers in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.).

Malavé, a Presbyterian pastor in Kentucky, the executive director of Christian Churches Together, and a Bread for the World board of directors member, says when it comes to cutting lifesaving foreign aid programs, his faith compels him to speak out against such proposed funding cuts. He wants McConnell to reject those cuts too and recently wrote him a letter to that effect. He hand-delivered his letter to McConnell’s office and archived his action in the public record on Twitter. Malave’s tweet, which included a photo of himself in front of McConnell’s office, read: “We can’t afford to cut foreign aid assistance.”

The faith voice is one of the ways Bread for the World members stand out with their members of Congress. Pastors, in particular, can bring a moral framework to policy discussions and carry the weight of their vocation when they advocate. For Malavé, when considering our foreign aid programs, 1 John 3:17-18 provides that framework.

Last week, President Trump released a budget proposal for the fiscal year 2018 that includes deep cuts to programs that help end hunger and poverty abroad. Turning our back on the world at a time when we face the biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945 is unconscionable, un-Christian, and un-American.

“If our elected officials in Congress yield to the current trajectory of sacrificing the well-being of poor people in our country and around the world,” Malavé wrote in his letter to McConnell, “we would be abandoning the essence of who we are as Americans.”

God’s love and call to care for those experiencing hunger and poverty has no borders. Each letter we write to Congress, each advocacy action we take, is spreading God’s love — not just in word and talk, but in deed and in truth.

Let us not love in word or talk,
but in deed and in truth.

(1 John 3:17-18)

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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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.

  • 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...

  • Budget 101: Block Grants, Flexibility, and Per Capita Caps

    Recent congressional budget proposals and plans to reduce poverty include options for changing the structure of current social programs from “entitlements,” which provide sufficient funding to address the needs of everyone who meets the eligibility requirements to “block grants,” which provide...

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
     

  • 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.

    We are deeply pleased...

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.

    ...

  • 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...

  • Bingo card for the presidential and vice presidential debates

    Play bingo while you watch the presidential and vice presidential debates!

    We want to elect leaders who make ending hunger and poverty a priority, so we are encouraging candidates to talk about these...