Bread for the World – "An Offering of Letters"
The world is living through unprecedented times. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing anxiety, uncertainty, and disruption. As is often the case, people living in hunger and poverty are likely to suffer the most.
Though we may feel powerless and overwhelmed, we are not. Now is the time to heed God’s call to care for the “least among us.”
You do not have to wait to write a letter you can do it now. By clicking on the links below you will be letting your representatives know this is important to all of us.
Hand written letters are encouraged, with a personal story about your interest in hunger. However,you may click on the sample letters below if you are unsure how to proceed.
It doesn't matter what side of the isle in Washington our representatives work on it is important that those who need help receive it. So join us as we support hope for all by sending a letter with us.
Progress in 2019
Last year, our Offering of Letters campaign focused on global nutrition so mothers and children could get the foods they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Because of Bread for the World’s advocacy, respective House and Senate committees passed versions of a Global Nutrition Resolution with broad bipartisan support, and on January 15, 2020, the full Senate approved S.Res. 260. Congress also increased funding for global nutrition for the second consecutive year—increasing the amount to $150 million. Finally, because of our faithful advocacy, about 190 members of Congress signed letters in support of robust funding for maternal and children nutrition programs in 2019. We also wrote letters asking for legislation to restore humanitarian aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador that had been blocked by President Trump. The White House released the aid in October.
What is the 2020 Offering of Letters About?
In 2020, the focus is again on nutrition. While global nutrition advocacy continues behind the scenes, we will focus our letter writing campaign on helping those experiencing hunger in the United States. This includes support for the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act (S.1918) and increasing funding for the Summer Electronic Benefit (EBT) pilot program.
Of the nearly 22 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school, only 3.7 million receive food assistance in the summer, leaving more than 18 million children behind.
For children, even brief periods of hunger carry consequences that may last a lifetime. Food insecure children are more likely to experience learning and academic difficulties, and poor general health. Child nutrition programs are an important safeguard against child hunger, yet too many children are left without the nutrition they need when they are out of school, especially in the summer months.