A simple act of service may be performed by all worshipers on May 11 by writing letters after both Sunday morning services as part of Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters. Tables will be set up in the cloister, ready with sample letters, stationary, pens and stamps. Thanks, Phil Dahlberg, for leading the effort.
Bread for the World’s Campaign to Reform U.S. Food Aid
For many decades, the United States has been a global leader economically, diplomatically, and militarily. The same is true in the humanitarian arena. Our federal government often sends assistance in the form of food aid. Now there is an opportunity to reform the federal government’s food-aid programs so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently.
It is time to update the government’s 1950s practices to enable it to respond more flexibly and faster in a 21st century, globalized world. Changes to the food-aid programs would allow food aid to benefit 17 million more people each year — at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.
This year’s Offering of Letters focuses on much-needed reform to U.S. food aid. Learn about our role in global aid, and why reform is so critical at www.bread.org. Then, write to Congress and urge your representatives to enact much needed reforms to our global food aid programs.
Together we can change policy and ensure continued, improved assistance to millions of hungry people around the world.
Help U.S. Food Aid Reach More People, More Quickly
As part of the 2014 Offering of Letters, Bread for the World members are urging members of Congress to reform U.S. food aid in response to famine, natural disasters, and humanitarian emergencies.
With smart improvements, our nation can respond more quickly when disaster hits. We can also provide more nutritious food, especially to women and children in the critical 1,000-day window between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday. By buying food closer to where it is needed, we will support small-scale farmers in developing countries.
You can be part of this historic effort to reform the food-aid programs so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently.
Please take time to write or call your senators and representative in Congress. Urge them to reform U.S. food aid and support these hopeful efforts to end hunger. Drop by the Bread for the World table in the courtyard on Sunday, May 11.