Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.  Each year, Bread for the World urges elected leaders in Washington, D.C., to enable people in our nation and our world to feed their families and move out of poverty. An Offering of Letters event—when people in congregations across the country sit down together to write personalized letters to members of Congress on specific issues—is an effective tool that helps shape our government’s response to hunger.  Hundreds of Offerings are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God’s justice and mercy. Year after year, they continue to have a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress. By making our voices heard in Congress, we make our nation’s laws fairer and more compassionate.

WHAT IS AN OFFERING OF LETTERS?

The annual Offering of Letters, sponsored by Bread for the World, is a specific time set aside by persons of faith to communicate with legislators on hunger issues.  It may take place in a Sunday School class, on a college campus, or in a worship service, accompanied by prayers for the poor and hungry.

The Offering of Letters enables individuals to see their concerns translated into policies that help hungry and poor people improve their lives.  Research shows that handwritten letters do influence legislators, and are still the best way to communicate with members of Congress.

Please plan to participate in the Offering of Letters on April 24th, immediately following Morning Worship.  Watch for information about this year’s specific focus in bulletins during the next two weeks.  Materials and a sample letter will be provided by the Outreach Committee on April 24th, so that brief letters can be written quickly.  Tables will be set up in Kenyon Hall, and Fellowship Hall.  Outreach Committee members will be available to provide any help that is needed.  You can also pick up materials if you prefer to write your letters at home.  Just be sure to bring them back by May 8th when the letters will be collected and dedicated.  By offering a few minutes of your time, you can be a part of reducing poverty and hunger world-wide.  Thanks!