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 an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others—in thousands of churches across the country—to live out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial support to Bread of the World, your church can give bold witness to God's justice and mercy in the world.

Your Bread for the World Sunday celebration can be as simple as including prayers for people struggling with hunger during a worship service. Prayers for the day are an ideal opportunity to remember those affected by hunger—and our nation’s decision makers who can change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children's message, and other activities to ending hunger in God's world. Many churches have a “mission moment” before the offering or perhaps there can be a special announcement.

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Tools
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For Faith

  • Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional

    Devotional writers challenge us to feel the Spirit of God within us and to hear God’s urgent call to demand justice so all can put food on the table.
  • 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...

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