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National Grassroots
Conference Call
and Webinar
February 18th, 2014

#breadweb

A collective Christian voice urging our na...
National Grassroots Conference Call
and Webinar: Opening Welcome

LaVida LaVida Davis
Davis
Director of Organizing
Directo...
National Grassroots Conference Call
and Webinar: Opening Welcome

Matt Newell-Ching
LaVida Davis
Director of Organizing
De...
What is Bread for the World?
Bread for the World is a
collective Christian voice urging
our nation’s decision makers to
en...
Why advocacy?
From the Bible
• God cares about
hungry people.
• Prophets held
leaders
accountable.

Charity is important,
...
What is an Offering of Letters?
• One key advocacy tool
• Joining our voices with
others
• Letters to Congress—
handwritte...
Why our letters matter
• Members of Congress want to hear from constituents.
• In a democracy, we can advocate and hold le...
Our advocacy makes a difference
Each year, our letters
help win victories on
Capitol Hill.
Questions?

Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter

#breadweb
Bread for the World’s

2014 Offering of Letters
Tell Congress:

Reform U.S. food aid.
The Bible, hunger, and food aid
• People fed in the wilderness (manna, quails) and on
hillsides (loaves, fish)
• Our neigh...
What is U.S. food aid?
• Part of foreign aid, funded by taxpayer dollars
• Meets urgent
humanitarian needs
(drought, famin...
Who gets U.S. food aid?
In fiscal year 2012:
• top recipients of emergency food aid:
Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia...
How does food aid work now?
• Most food is grown in U.S.
• At least 50% transported on American ships.
• It’s costly and s...
What smart changes are needed?
1. An updated and more flexible system. That means:
More food purchased
near people in need...
What smart changes are needed?
2. Improve nutrition:
1,000 days key window
for very nutritious foods
What smart changes are needed?
3. Maintain funding
in the face of
federal budget
cuts
Questions?

Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter

#breadweb
The key “ask” for your letter
To Congress: I urge
you to protect and
reform U.S. food aid
in ways that increase
efficiency...
Tips
• Keep your letter brief and to
the point.
• Make the letter your own.
Tell your story. (Include
something from real ...
Congressional addresses
For House member:

For Senate members:

Rep. (Name)

Sen. (Name)

U.S. House of Representatives

U...
/

Email Congress
Questions?

Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter

#breadweb
/http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/act-now/
http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/downloads/
http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/issues/videos.html
For more information
Check out www.bread.org/go/OL
Questions?

Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter

#breadweb
Next Steps
•

Next Call: Tuesday, March 18th

•

Keep a look out for your 2014 Offering of
Letters Kit!

Questions: mjasin...
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  1. 1. National Grassroots Conference Call and Webinar February 18th, 2014 #breadweb A collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad.
  2. 2. National Grassroots Conference Call and Webinar: Opening Welcome LaVida LaVida Davis Davis Director of Organizing Director, Organizing & Grassroots Capacity Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  3. 3. National Grassroots Conference Call and Webinar: Opening Welcome Matt Newell-Ching LaVida Davis Director of Organizing Deputy Director of Organizing, Western Region Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  4. 4. What is Bread for the World? Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. • • • • Bipartisan Advocacy at national level No direct service—advocacy only Offering of Letters as one tool
  5. 5. Why advocacy? From the Bible • God cares about hungry people. • Prophets held leaders accountable. Charity is important, but not enough. Government needs to do its part.
  6. 6. What is an Offering of Letters? • One key advocacy tool • Joining our voices with others • Letters to Congress— handwritten are best • Can happen anytime, anywhere, with anyone
  7. 7. Why our letters matter • Members of Congress want to hear from constituents. • In a democracy, we can advocate and hold leaders accountable. • Personalized letters are rated highly (more than pre-written form letters/emails/ petitions). • If we get discouraged, what voices will Congress hear?
  8. 8. Our advocacy makes a difference Each year, our letters help win victories on Capitol Hill.
  9. 9. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  10. 10. Bread for the World’s 2014 Offering of Letters Tell Congress: Reform U.S. food aid.
  11. 11. The Bible, hunger, and food aid • People fed in the wilderness (manna, quails) and on hillsides (loaves, fish) • Our neighbors are nearby and far away. • What other Bible passages or stories come to your mind?
  12. 12. What is U.S. food aid? • Part of foreign aid, funded by taxpayer dollars • Meets urgent humanitarian needs (drought, famine, war, disasters like Philippines typhoon) • Longer-term development tool, with other aid • Story examples…
  13. 13. Who gets U.S. food aid? In fiscal year 2012: • top recipients of emergency food aid: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and Chad. • top recipients of development food aid: Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and South Sudan. • In Latin America (and the Caribbean), the top food-aid recipients were: Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras.
  14. 14. How does food aid work now? • Most food is grown in U.S. • At least 50% transported on American ships. • It’s costly and slow to arrive where it’s needed.
  15. 15. What smart changes are needed? 1. An updated and more flexible system. That means: More food purchased near people in need. Why? It arrives faster, is less expensive, helps local farmers and economies.
  16. 16. What smart changes are needed? 2. Improve nutrition: 1,000 days key window for very nutritious foods
  17. 17. What smart changes are needed? 3. Maintain funding in the face of federal budget cuts
  18. 18. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  19. 19. The key “ask” for your letter To Congress: I urge you to protect and reform U.S. food aid in ways that increase efficiency, increase nutritional quality, and maintain funding levels.
  20. 20. Tips • Keep your letter brief and to the point. • Make the letter your own. Tell your story. (Include something from real life.) • Explain why you care about hunger. • Make the “ask.” • Include your name and home address.
  21. 21. Congressional addresses For House member: For Senate members: Rep. (Name) Sen. (Name) U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510
  22. 22. / Email Congress
  23. 23. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  24. 24. /http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/act-now/
  25. 25. http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/downloads/
  26. 26. http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/issues/videos.html
  27. 27. For more information Check out www.bread.org/go/OL
  28. 28. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  29. 29. Next Steps • Next Call: Tuesday, March 18th • Keep a look out for your 2014 Offering of Letters Kit! Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
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