A Place at the Table
2013 Bread for the World Offering of Letters
We live in the world’s wealthiest nation. Yet over 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. More than one in seven Americans—including nearly one in four children—live below the poverty line. In the US, hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. Worldwide, 1.29 billion people still live in extreme poverty—on less than $1.25 per day.
What can we do: For the past several years, members and friends of FUMC have participated in Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters. Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by speaking out with one voice to our nation’s leaders about policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist.
Writing letters to Congress is particularly important this year as lawmakers continue to negotiate the federal budget. Letters help give them the political will to protect programs that help hungry and poor people. Those programs are at great risk and any cuts will significantly harm the lives of thousands of people, including many Oregonians.
The 2013 Offering of Letters includes signing a petition to the president as well as writing letters to Congress. The petition asks the president to set a goal and work with Congress on a plan to end hunger in the United States and abroad.
What you can do: Letter writing opportunities will be held in the Commons on April 7th, 14th and 21st. All supplies, including sample letters, will be provided. Background information on hunger, poverty, federal and state hunger-related programs, and effects of the sequestration will be available.
Our faith teaches us not to give up hope.
We take seriously the Scripture’s call to
“Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.”