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.
Climate change and food systems have many interconnections, and each affects the other in complex ways. The pandemic has proven that, when necessary, people by the billions are capable of quickly changing their behavior—offering hope that, by the same token, people can build food systems and wider economic systems that are more equitable and sustainable.
The next few years are a critical time for the global community to adopt policies that put humanity on a path to ending hunger while averting catastrophic damage to the planet. As the world responds to and recovers from the COVID-19 health and economic crises, now is the time to rethink and rebuild our healthcare systems, economies, and food systems. Now is the time to generate the political will for policymakers in the United States and around the world to lead their countries with decisive and equitable actions.
"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.”