Join members and friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church for a Mother’s Day offering of letters and postcards on Sunday, May 10. We will be advocating in partnership with Bread for the World by writing letters to Congress urging reauthorization of the Childhood Nutrition Act, and with Texas Impact, by signing postcards to the Texas state legislature urging expansion of Medicaid coverage. Tables will be set up in the cloister, ready with sample letters, stationary, pens and stamps.
The 2015 Bread for the World Offering of Letters focuses on the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act, which includes funding for such programs as school lunches and breakfasts, summer food service, WIC (food for pregnant women & young children), and the child care food program. The Texas Impact postcard campaign urges the Texas legislature to expand Medicaid coverage so that the one million Texans without access to affordable or employer-sponsored coverage could be covered by Medicaid. Our synod, The Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA, is a member of Texas Impact.
Tell Congress to Feed the Future
April showers bring May corn, sweet potatoes, and beans. Yet, throughout the world, millions of people still go hungry.
The rainy season has begun in East Africa – and so has the planting season for farmers there. If the weather cooperates, in just a few short months, these farmers will have produced enough corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops to feed their families – and some extra to sell at the markets for a profit.
Smallholder farmers in poor countries are very dependent on the weather. When all you have is a small plot of land, a turn from the normal weather patterns to drought or floods can spell disaster for you and your family. While hope is planted for many as crops go into the ground this season, 805 million people around the world are going hungry today.
But this can change – and our Congress can do something about it. The U.S. government plays an important role through Feed the Future, a global hunger and food-security program. This initiative operates in 19 countries. In 2013 alone, seven million small farmers grew more crops, and 12.5 million children received nutritious food. Improvements in food processing, production, and selling have made a significant difference in the lives of many farmers.
Feed the Future can save lives. But it’s important to act right now to ensure it continues. Call 800-826-3688 or email your representative to support the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567).