Ongoing Campaigns

Bread for the World has various methods for engaging individuals and groups (such as congregations, campuses and community groups) in its mission of ending hunger. Each year we set a policy-change agenda to move us closer to our goal. Our members and activists use our recurring methods described below to advance that agenda. Other ways you can end hunger are described in Get Involved

Offering of Letters

Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters is a powerful way that local congregations and other faith communities, such as campuses, can get involved in Bread's advocacy work. The Offering of Letters is Bread’s signature and longest-running program. This year-long campaign focuses on a single issue and alternates year-to-year between a domestic and an international hunger issue.

The way it works is simple. It uses the same principle of a monetary offering collected at a worship service in which the offering is blessed before being put to use. In an Offering of Letters, a group of members gathers on a chosen day during the year (such as at an adult forum) and learns about that year’s issue. Then the group writes letters to their members of Congress, urging them to take action on that issue. The letters are collected and blessed by the congregation before being mailed to their members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Bread for the World produces a kit of materials each year for coordinators of a letter-writing event to help them carry out an Offering of Letters. The kit includes:

  • print materials: a how-to booklet, a booklet giving an overview of the issue, a sample bulletin insert, a poster, a biblical reflection on the year's topic
  • electronic materials: videos showing real-life stories; a PowerPoint presentation
  • where to find other resources and information

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Scriptures speak to the role and responsibility of leaders in caring for poor people (Psalm 72; Jeremiah 22; Proverbs 31:8-9). Photo: Laura Pohl/Bread for the World

Bread for the World Sunday (English and Español)

Bread for the World Sunday is a way to engage your congregation or faith community in God's work to end hunger. During a special church service, the sermon is related to ending hunger, congregations commit themselves to the fight against hunger and poverty through education, prayer, and worship. This year’s Bread for the World Sunday is scheduled for October 21, 2018, but congregations may choose any date in the fall. Some collect a special offering for Bread or hold some other special activity. Descargue los materiales.

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy

Faith

African at Heart

November 22, 2019

Insight

From the Blog