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Writing Letters To Congress & Sample Letter


The Two-Minute Letter

Letter writing is the main activity which supports Bread for the World's work. Our representatives have many issues before them, an issue like hunger and poverty can only get the attention it deserves when constituients tell their representatives to make it a priority. These letters have won many significant victories over the years.

An effective letter to Congress needs three things:

1. Put your name and address at the end of your letter AND on the envelope, so your members of Congress know that you are one of the people they represent.

2. Ask for specific action, using the sentence below or your own words:

Please work to increase poverty-focused development assistance by at least $5 billion. In addition, pass the Global Poverty Act so that our assistance will have the maximum impact for those with the greatest need. [ADD THIS SENTENCE WHEN WRITING TO SENATORS: Please cosponsor S. 2433.]


3. Give reasons why. Examples are:
Rising global food prices are having a devastating impact on poor and hungry people. As many as 100 million people could be worse off because of this crisis. We cannot afford to let this happen!

While there are immediate actions our nation must take, we also need better-funded U.S. aid programs to help improve agriculture, nutrition, and education. These programs can build long-term solutions for communities worldwide and help small scale farmers improve their yields so they can feed their families and communities.

Send your letter to Congress.

Put each letter in a separate envelope and address it. Send your letter to:

Sen. __________
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Rep. _________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515


Sample Letter
Date

Dear Rep. ________ or Dear Sen. ______,

Rising global food prices are having a devastating impact on poor and hungry people. As many as 100 million people could be worse off because of this crisis. We cannot afford to let this happen!

While there are immediate actions our nation must take, we also need better-funded U.S. aid programs to help improve agriculture, nutrition, and education. These programs can build long-term solutions for communities worldwide and help small scale farmers improve their yields so they can feed their families and communities.

Please work to increase poverty-focused development assistance by at least $5 billion. In addition, pass the Global Poverty Act so that our assistance will have the maximum impact for those with the greatest need. [ADD THIS SENTENCE WHEN WRITING TO SENATORS: Please cosponsor S. 2433.]


Sincerely,
Your Name
Your Address


More information on current Bread issues
Download the latest sample letter

As the time approaches to write your letters, please contact your Bread for the World organizer. Or contact the local Portland metro area Bread chapter.

PLEASE NOTE: Most recent sample letters are always available online at www.bread.org/sample-letter. Please visit that site before holding your Offering of Letters.

Your letter may take 2-4 weeks to get to Congress, but that's okay. It will make an important difference for people who are hungry and poor throughout our world.