Use these ideas to write your own letter.
Subject: Increase funding for international maternal and child nutrition programs
Dear Senator__________ , or Dear Rep.___________ ,
Our country has led the way in improving the nutrition and health of mothers and children so they can achieve their full potential. Focusing on women and young children is important because these groups are the most vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition. We have seen tremendous progress, but our work remains unfinished.
I am a Christian, and my faith calls me to urge you to continue this work until every mother and child has the chance to survive and thrive. Every life is precious. As you know, giving children good nutrition early in life — starting in the womb — puts them on a pathway to good health and living an active, thriving life. Malnutrition during the early months of a child’s life can stunt their physical and cognitive development and increases the risk of illness in childhood and later in life. As a result, the cost of malnutrition is very high in terms of health care, school readiness, education, and lost productivity and income.
Furthermore, by helping to decrease hunger in the world and working on long-term solutions to poverty, we create a more stable world. As you likely know, increased rates of poverty result in increased rates of violence and war. By helping hungry people in other countries, we’re helping our country and the world to live more peacefully.
As Congress finalizes funding for next year, I ask you to support an increase in funding for international maternal and child nutrition programs in the Department of State foreign operations appropriations bill’s global health account.
[city, state, ZIP]
Address your letters to:
Senator Richard Burr Senator Thom Tillis
U.S. Senate U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510
Representative Mark Meadows
U. S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Bring your letters to worship and turn them in as an offering on August 21st or 28th. Thank you.