Feb 2014 Webinar: Everything You Wanted to Know About the 2014 Offering of Letters

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This month's national grassroots conference call and webinar

This month's national grassroots conference call and webinar

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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Our advocacy makes a difference Each year, our letters help win victories on Capitol Hill.
  • 9. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  • 10. Bread for the World’s 2014 Offering of Letters Tell Congress: Reform U.S. food aid.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. What smart changes are needed? 2. Improve nutrition: 1,000 days key window for very nutritious foods
  • 17. What smart changes are needed? 3. Maintain funding in the face of federal budget cuts
  • 18. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  • 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. 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. 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. / Email Congress
  • 23. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  • 24. /http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/act-now/
  • 25. http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/downloads/
  • 26. http://www.bread.org/ol/2014/issues/videos.html
  • 27. For more information Check out www.bread.org/go/OL
  • 28. Questions? Questions: mjasin@bread.org or @bread4theworld on Twitter #breadweb
  • 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