Elections Resources

July 15, 2015

Elections Resources in English

Churches and the Elections
An ideal starting point for churches wanting to be involved in the election. A list of nine things congregations, their leaders, and members can do to be engaged in the 2016 campaigns for Congress and the presidency. Suggested resources from Bread are provided for each item.

Elections Matter handbook
A comprehensive but easy-to-read and easy-to-follow guide for individuals and churches that want to be engaged with candidates during election seasons. Includes coverage of legal issues for churches' involvement in campaigns as well as practical ways to raise the issue of hunger with candidates. 24-page booklet.

10 Ways Christians Can Help End Hunger During Elections
Ideas for using your church and your faith to help end hunger during elections

Bread's Election Platform
Steps that the new president and Congress taking office in 2017 must take to put the U.S. on track to end hunger by 2030

Presidential Candidate Videos
Since 2010, Bread has been working with more than 100 heads of denominations and other Christian leaders to ensure funding for anti-hunger programs. For the 2016 elections, the Circle asked presidential candidates: “What would you do as president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world?” Almost all candidates submitted videos. View their videos and download a study guide to use with them.

Effectively Using Public Meetings to Engage with Congressional Candidates
Town hall meetings are excellent venues to ask potential office holders questions about policies to end hunger

The Bible and Elections
A brief examination of the biblical approach to voting and participating in elections and the democratic process in the United States. Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

Faith & Elections series on Bread Blog
Bread Blog is exploring faith and elections through the lens of different faith perspectives. Use these regular blog posts for individual reflection or share them with others (congregations have permission to republish/reprint posts from Bread Blog when credit is given)

Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets
What is the prevalence of hunger in your state? One-page fact sheets for each state (plus Washington, D.C.) that are ideal for printing out and distributing at public campaign events (such as at an information table at a town hall meeting) so voters can understand the scope of the problem close to home.

Social Media Kit for #IVote2EndHunger
A simple-to-use kit of tips and instructions on engaging candidates on social media. Designed for a person who is already active online and using social media.

Election memes
Memes (internet/social media graphics) that address hunger, poverty, the role of government in addressing these issues, hunger/poverty-related statistics specific to some states, etc. Feel free to download these and use them on your personal or congregation's social media channels (websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).

Bread for the World’s 2016 Elections Survey and Graphics
Bread for the World commissioned The Mellman Group and Eleison LLC to survey 1,000 voters on the issue of hunger and the 2016 elections. This fact sheet and graphics provide the main findings of that survey and show that voters believe that hunger is an issue the U.S. government should address.

Recursos en Español

Manual: Las Elecciones Son Importantes
Una guía comprensiva para hablar con los candidatos y sensibilizar la política del hambre.

10 Maneras que los Cristianos Pueden Ayudar a Erradicar el Hambre Durante las Elecciones
Descubre las maneras que pueden utilizar su iglesia y su fe para terminar el hambre durante las elecciones.

Plataforma Electoral de Pan
Pasos que el nuevo presidente y Congreso deben tomar en 2017 para poner a Estados Unidos en camino de acabar con el hambre para 2030.

La Biblia y las elecciones
Un breve análisis en el contexto bíblico del acto de votar y a la participación en elecciones y en el proceso democrático en Estados Unidos.

Cómo llevar a cabo una reunión con un miembro del Congreso (o personal) en tu distrito
Cómo emprender un método de propugnación – la visita personal en el despacho regional o estatal de un miembro del Congreso.

Escribiendo una carta al editor de tu periódico local
Cómo emprender un método de propugnación – utilizando los medios de comunicación para que lo que te importa a ti lo sepan los demás, incluyendo miembros del Congreso.

Utilizando las reuniones públicas de manera eficaz para entablar una conversación con tus miembros del Congreso
Cómo emprender un método de propugnación – asistiendo a una junta comunitaria, u otra junta pública con un miembro del Congreso o candidato al Congreso.

Additional Resources on Carrying out Advocacy

Advocacy 101: Making a Difference in Congress
Explains the federal legislative process and how citizens can get involved

Guía de Acción Cívica
Explica el proceso federal legislativo, y cómo pueden participar los ciudadanos.

The Biblical Basis for Advocacy to End Hunger
This booklet presents the broad themes from the Bible that guide our work

La Base Bíblica
Este folleto presenta los temas generales de Biblia que guían nuestro trabajo.

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.