The fundamental belief behind Bread for the World is that hunger can only be effectively addressed with both a public and private response
Either response alone is insufficient.
Bread for the World focuses on the public policy aspects because there are
already numerous Christian organizations involved in private relief.
Private relief efforts cannot possible begin to meet the need alone.
Food Stamps is equal to 10 times the entire combined national private food distribution networks.
One vote in Congress can match or take away the resources equal to our entire combined private efforts.
We have the resources to end hunger in our country (existing federal
food programs) and dramatically reduce it abroad (sustainable dev
aid, conflict resolution, democratic transition).
What is lacking is the political will.
BFW is all about working to create this political will.
Letters are our currency...
Our legislators will only take action on hunger when they know that their
constituents care about this issue.
1) Offering of Letters. Each year a specific hunger issue is
Coordinated effort - people and churches from all over the country write on
this same issue, every Rep and Senator get letters on the offering issue. Its
the most effective way of getting something done in Congress and each year it
2) Legislative alert network. Sometimes a fast response is
needed at critical times. For this we have an alert network of volunteers ready
to contact their representatives when a quick response is needed.