Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live.
Offering of Letters Campaign
Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters campaign engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress. Each year, for the focus of the campaign, we choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make a real difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty. Hundreds of Offerings of Letters are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God’s justice and mercy. They have, and continue to have, a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress.
Focus of the 2017 Campaign
Worldwide, extreme poverty – living on less than $1.90 a day – has been cut in half over the past 30 years. Nations around the world, including the United States, have agreed to work for an end to hunger and related goals by 2030. And there is growing recognition that ending hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 is achievable.
But more work needs to be done. Nearly 800 million people in the world are still hungry. In the United States, 1 in 6 children lives in a family that struggles with hunger.
In 2017, Congress must invest in key programs that have a proven track record and improve the lives of hungry people. Vital policies and safety-net programs – including WIC, global nutrition, SNAP, and refundable tax credits – must be properly funded and protected. Dismantling or cutting funding for such programs by the 115th Congress would take us backward and make the goal of ending hunger by 2030 unlikely.
On October 5, the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution that proposes deep cuts to domestic and international programs that serve poor and hungry people. Over the next several weeks, Congress will continue to focus on the budget. As in years past, your persistent and faithful advocacy will be important in defending the interests of people who are hungry.