Bread for the World: Oregon
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Action: Writing your letter or email

  • Why Handwritten or Email Letters?

    Because they work. Research from the Congressional Management Foundation confirms that handwritten, mailed letters or emails are still the best way to communicate with your members of Congress.

    In fact, 96 percent of Capitol Hill staff reported in a survey that if their member of Congress had not reached a decision on an issue, personalized letters would influence his or her position.

    Personalized emails work well when they are done using the representatives webforms from their websites. Links to these forms are shown below.

    Handwritten letters from constituents of members of Congress are always read and logged.

    Sample Letter

    Date ___________

    Dear your U.S. senators or your U.S. representative ,

    As Congress works on the fiscal year 2019 budget and spending bills, I ask you to invest in and protect key programs that will reduce hunger and poverty.

    Our country and the world have made progress against hunger and poverty in recent decades. I want you to continue to invest in programs like SNAP and tax credits for low-income workers. Continued funding for programs that reduce hunger and poverty around the world are also important to me.

    My faith calls me to urge you to make public investments that will move us toward the end of hunger.


    Your Name

    Your Address

    Four Simple Steps

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

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

    I ask you to reform foreign aid to make it more effective in reducing poverty.

    3. Give reasons why. Some examples:

    • Share your personal story about what motivates you to write. Letters with personal stories are the most compelling and effective.
    • My church is already helping by [example], but I also expect my country to take the lead in combating global poverty.

    4. Send your letter or Email to Congress.

    Email Your RepresentativeSenator now

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

    your U.S. senators
    U.S. Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

    your U.S. representative
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515