Vote to End Hunger

Bread for the World, its members, and partners are working to make hunger, poverty, and opportunity a priority for candidates. We are moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ to work for justice for hungry people in our country and around the world. We believe that ending hunger by 2030 is a goal within reach, and we are taking action because our children, our neighbors—real people—are suffering. We want candidates to know that we will vote to end hunger.

To learn more about early voting, your registration status, and polling locations in your area, visit vote.org.

Election Campaigns

One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns.

During these periods, current and potential office holders are listening the most and are making and establishing promises, priorities, and plans.

This year, we can elect leaders who will pass laws, fund programs, and create policy to put our nation and the world on track to end hunger by 2030—an outcome that is achievable, if our elected leaders make ending hunger a priority.

Hunger is not a partisan issue. That is why Bread works with our nation’s leaders—whoever they may be—in a bipartisan manner.

Bread does not endorse any candidate or political party. To learn more about early voting, your registration status, and polling locations in your area, visit vote.org

Get Involved

You can help end hunger by pushing this message out to candidates in the congressional and presidential elections.

Some ways to get involved are:

Talk to candidates

Whether during public forums, town hall meetings, or a meeting at a candidate's office, you can engage all candidates on hunger in the elections. In most cases, that will be a candidate from each of the major parties. It is important to engage candidates on both sides so that regardless of who wins, there is a relationship established with the office-holder.

We want you to ask candidates the following questions:

  • If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?
  • Will you publicize your position on hunger, poverty, and opportunity on your website and in social media?
  • Will you meet with us within the first 30 days of taking office?

Tell us and others about your involvement

After meeting with a candidate, please let us know how it went by emailing organizing@bread.org. This will help Bread for the World track the number of candidates who are being engaged.

Additionally, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper and posting your experience on social media will publicize your efforts.

If you have any questions or need support with elections, please contact us by email or 202-639-9400.

Elections Resources

Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources. They include:

Evaluating Candidates

  • 2020 Election Platform
    As you consider candidates in the 2020 election, we urge you to consider what it will take to end hunger in the United States and around the world, raise hunger-related issues with candidates and give time, money, and votes to candidates who will help to end hunger.
  • Presidential Candidate Videos
    More than 50 Christian leaders with the Circle of Protection asked all of the presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat, to send a short video explaining what they “would do as president to offer help and opportunity to poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world.”
  • Racial Equity Rating Tool
    We analyzed the proposed policies of top Democratic presidential primary candidates and offer rankings to help explain how their campaign speeches are reflected in their proposed policies in the areas of criminal justice, immigration, and jobs.
  • Not sure where to vote?
    View polling locations, check your registration status, and find out if you can vote early.

Facts about Hunger and Poverty

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty Facts
    Ending hunger and poor nutrition in the United States calls for comprehensive strategies that promote racial, gender, and class equity and take into account the many differences in personal, family, and community circumstances. Even more important, it requires the political will to turn these ideas into legislation. The United States has made significant progress against hunger and poverty over the past 50 years. But too many people, including people in Louisiana, are being left behind.
  • Facts on Hunger and Poverty Around the World
    Worldwide, extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990, even while factoring in population growth. While this is a remarkable achievement, 1 in 10 people in the world (736 million), still lives on less than $1.90 per day.

Racial Equity Resources

Faith Resources

  • The Bible and Elections
    We can't end hunger unless we have leaders in our federal government who make this a priority. Romans 13 underscores the importance of good governance and maintaining justice. In 1 Kings, the queen of Sheba said to Solomon "[the Lord] has made you king to execute justice and righteousness." The Scriptures also show that wise leaders uphold justice and the common good, especially for those who are poor and needy.
  • Churches and the Elections
    Churches and communities of faith are coming together to push political leaders to focus on ending hunger. We are doing this in a nonpartisan way, pushing the issue, not a particular party or candidate. Find out how your church can participate and learn about the Dos and Don'ts of complying with IRS regulations on churches.

Actions You Can Take Now

  • Petition to Congress
    Join people of faith around the country and tell our candidates to make this election about our working communities. Add your name to our petition.
  • Not sure where to vote?
    View polling locations, check your registration status, and find out if you can vote early.
  • Join Bread's Offering of Letters
    Participate in the 2020 Offering of Letters to Congress, a letter-writing campaign to improve the lives of millions experiencing hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. and abroad.
"As Christians, we have a responsibility to ensure our neighbors aren't hungry and everyone has the dignity of work"

— excerpt from Bread for the World's Petition to Congress

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

For Advocacy

Faith

African at Heart

November 22, 2019

Insight

From the Blog