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Bread for the World members lobby Congress to protect programs that help hungry people. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Act Now

2017 Offering of Letters: 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.
  • Congressional leaders are close to finalizing funding caps for the spending bill. Current funding expires Dec. 8. Without a continuing resolution or new legislation, the government will shut down. At stake is funding for vital anti-hunger programs. Cuts to programs like WIC, international humanitarian and development assistance, and global nutrition would increase hunger and poverty. The choices our government makes regarding how it generates revenue and how it spends shared resources should promote hope, opportunity, and economic security for all people, especially those struggling to put food on the table.

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Tax Reform

  • Call (800-826-3688) or email your senators and tell them to reject the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and instead work on a bipartisan tax reform bill that helps those who need help the most.
  • When senators return after the Thanksgiving break, they are expected to vote on tax legislation that provides $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, and increases the likelihood of deep cuts to vital safety-net programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and humanitarian assistance. A recent report by the Joint Committee on Taxation stated that the Senate tax proposal will raise taxes for low-income workers who earn between $10,000-$30,000 a year. Tax reform should help, not hurt low-income families.

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Your letters are still important. Please continue writing your members of Congress, urging them to protect funding for critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing Our Part to End Hunger is available in English and Spanish and includes a sample letter to Congress.


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Bread team members in Florida prepare and distribute food kits for migrant and local farm workers in Collier County.

Activists in Action

Harvesting Hope in Florida

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?

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

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.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

  • 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.
     

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.

    ...

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

Field

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Insight

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