Bread for the World is a 501(c)(4) organization that lobbies Congress for hungry people. It does more lobbying on poverty issues than any other organization in the country. In this work, Bread for the World has strong connections with 50 diverse Christian denominations and 4,000 congregations. Its grassroots network is active in every congressional district and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of thoughtful constituent contacts with Congress each year.
What We Do
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Working through our churches, campuses, and other organizations, we engage more people in advocacy.
-Urge Congress to End Hunger
Bread for the World members write personal letters and send other personalized communications to their representatives in Congress.
-Biblical Basis for Advocacy
Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
-Mobilize People of Faith
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Our partners represent a broad spectrum of church organizations and faith communities—Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox.
The Changes We Will Pursue over 2010-2012:
We intend to focus on three policy-change goals that will have a big impact on hunger and poverty and require action by Congress.
1. U.S. leadership to reduce hunger and strengthen food security in poor countries
2. A program to end child hunger in America
3. More and better development assistance from the US
Building Capacity for Advocacy 2010-2012:
To bring about these changes in our nation’s policies—changes that will lead to an end to hunger in our time—Bread for the World will also need to make changes as an organization. We are blessed with a remarkably generous and active membership. We plan to strengthen and expand the organization in three areas:
1. Grassroots organizing- Bread for the World has an exceptionally strong grassroots network.
2. Communication and e-communication - Bread will rapidly expand its use of e-communication, social networking sites, and other new media.
3. Youth and diversity- Engaging young people and enhanced diversity are crucial to Bread’s current and future vitality.
Between 2000 and 2010, Bread for the World helped boost U.S. funding for poverty-focused assistance to poor countries from $8 billion to $28 billion. This had a clear impact in Africa, where more than 15 countries achieved rapid economic growth, reduced poverty, expanded education and health care, and improved governance. Bread for the World also played a key role in expanding funding for nutrition assistance to poor families in this country—from $33 billion in 2000 to $80 billion in 2009.
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