Over the years, these letters and emails from congregations, campuses and community groups have helped inspire our leaders in Washington, D.C., to pass legislative victories that reduce hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
are facing extreme hunger - up from 135 million before the pandemic.
kids are at risk of hunger in the U.S.
Black and Latino families struggle feeding children.
As Christians, we are called to seek justice, care for those experiencing hunger and poverty, and embrace our Creator’s vision of hope, love, and peace. We are called to embody it in public as we commit to live in solidarity with those who are made vulnerable by the inequities that drive hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
“Speak out for the rights of all who are destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
Here, you will find supplemental educational materials to learn about food systems. Beginning in quarter 2, we will provide additional materials on a quarterly basis about key issues that impact food systems: climate change (Q2), racial and gender equity (Q3) and economic justice (Q4).
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Will there be enough food for everyone? The question has worried the world since the beginning of time. The answer lies not only in the food supply but also in our food system.
And that food system (the path food travels from farm to fork) has been sorely tested since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—revealing how fragile our food system really is. Farmers struggled to address massive food waste, while hundreds of millions of people worldwide faced one of the worst hunger crises in our lifetime.
Food systems need to make healthy diets available and affordable to all; ensure that food is produced sustainably; and treat food system workers with dignity. Governments and the international community led by businesses and civil society working in unison must strengthen the web of global, national, and local food systems.
The potential to nourish everyone is real and within our grasp, but not without more of an effort to improve dietary quality when the stakes are highest. Women and young children should receive the highest priority, beginning with the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, the launch pad for improving health throughout the life course. How we produce food matters as much as what foods we produce. It is possible to feed the world’s growing population a healthy, diverse, and nutritious diet while practicing good stewardship of the natural resources we depend on. 2021 is a pivotal year not only to make progress on better nutrition and more sustainable food systems, but also for the U.S. government to enact reforms to ensure food systems are equitable, sustainable, and resilient.
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"After working with Bread for the World, I will never again think that I have no voice or that nobody will listen. My work with Bread taught me that when we seek them out, politicians listen, and sometimes even change."
"When the world was closed, when our temples were shut down, the Holy Spirit helped us move forward using technology. At the time of Jesus, the Early Christians used the Roman Empire roads to advance the gospel message. Bread for the World already had the digital letters in their website. We simply discerned how to be sent as hunger prophets to do the work of hunger justice in new ways. As we move forward, I envision being Good News people using a hybrid model to do the offering of letters in our parish, part digital and part in person."
"Having the opportunity to lead a legislative meeting was a transformative experience. Empathy is a critical part of compassion and, more importantly, action. In The Feeding of the 5,000, Jesus exemplifies the meaning of compassion and demonstrates necessity of justice. As a follower of Christ, challenging our leaders to empathize with our neighbors undergoing food insecurity and acting upon it, was a moral responsibility for me. Putting my faith into action and advocating for the voice of the most vulnerable was an enriching experience I will always remember."
"Working directly with individuals currently living in poverty and collaborating with Bread for the World has impacted my view on Unity. Coming together allows us to reach people far and wide, lending more voices to the issues the world faces with hunger. Together we can make a difference."
“I look at advocacy as being a voice for people who are not heard or people who don’t realize they have a voice in the first place. Being able to speak with our representatives about relevant topics that impact our neighborhood was a tremendous opportunity and needs to happen more often, so I can keep being a megaphone for the community.”