Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for United in
Faith to join with others — thousands of churches across
the country — in living out God's vision of a world
without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger,
letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial
support to Bread of the World, we can give bold witness to
God's justice & mercy in the world. This year, Bread for
the World Sunday is October 15. We at United in Faith will be
celebrating Bread for the World Sunday by participating in an
OFFERING OF LETTERS.
Nearly 800 MILLION PEOPLE in the world are STILL HUNGRY. In
the United States, 1 in 6 children lives in a family that
struggles with hunger. Nations around the world, including the
United States, have agreed to work for an end to hunger and
related goals by 2030. There is growing recognition among faith
leaders, nongovernmental organizations, and business leaders
that ending hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 is
In 2017, with the Offering of Letters, we are RAISING OUR
COLLECTIVE VOICE to ask Congress to make funding decisions that
put our country and the world on track to end hunger by 2030.
Your messages to Congress will push legislators to make funding
decisions that will support vital anti-hunger and anti-poverty
programs and policies.
The Trump administration’s newest proposed budget for
fiscal year 2018 includes deep cuts to domestic and
international programs that serve poor and hungry people. The
White House has sent Congress a list of programs to cut. The
More than $1.7 TRILLION IN CUTS TO SAFETY-NET
PROGRAMS including SNAP (formerly known as food stamps),
Medicaid, and refundable tax credits for low-income working
MORE THAN $190 BILLION IN CUTS TO SNAP, impacting
millions of senior citizens, working families, and unemployed
ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR FOOD FOR PEACE, which funds
emergency food aid and development programs.
These budget cuts would make it nearly impossible to end
hunger and extreme poverty.
You can make an impact.
Tell Congress to reject these cuts.
On Sunday, October 15th, the UiF Justice Team will give
members of the UIF and our wider community an opportunity to
help make a difference in ending hunger and poverty through the
2017 Offering of Letters campaign. It will take place during
the Fellowship & Coffee Hour between services. There will
be copies of letters available to sign. There will also be
plain writing paper if you choose to express yourself in your
own words to your elected officials. Bring your voters’
card to help verify who your elected officials are.
Sample Letter for Bread for the World Sunday Offering of
Dear ______________(Elected Official)___________________,
The Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal
includes deep and disproportionate cuts to critical anti-hunger
and anti-poverty programs. I am deeply opposed to such
proposals that, if passed, would increase hunger and poverty in
the United States and around the world.
In the U.S., 1 in 8 families struggles to put food on the
table. Cutting trillions of dollars over the next decade in
funding to programs that help low-income households, such as
SNAP and Medicaid, would jeopardize food security for millions
Right now, 20 million people are at risk of starvation due
to the extraordinary famines in South Sudan, northeastern
Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Recently, Congress allocated $1
billion in additional funding to address famine. The impact
from famine will persist in the coming years, therefore it is
crucial that the U.S. continue to be a leader in foreign
assistance. But beyond saving countless lives, our own nation's
security is benefited by alleviating suffering and decreasing
poverty to create a more stable and prosperous world. These
programs are critical to U.S. leadership in the world.
Cutting funding to programs that address economic
development to impoverished families in the U.S. and abroad
will increase hunger and hardship. As Congress works on the
2018 budget and spending bills, I urge you to reject cuts to
YOUR Name __________________________________________
YOUR Address __________________________________________
YOUR City, State ZIP_____________________________________