At the heart of Bread’s advocacy is developing relationships with members of Congress. But it’s best not to wait until after the election to introduce yourself and start a relationship with any new elected leaders in your district and state. The time to start that is now, during the campaign.
The elections for Congress – all of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate – are just as important as the high-profile presidential election this year. Bread wants both the new Congress and the president who will take office in 2017 to have addressing hunger, poverty, and opportunity high on their to-do lists. Both the legislative and executive branches of our government will have to get right to work if we as a country and world are to end hunger by 2030. This is a goal that Bread and many other international institutions have set.
This all means that Bread needs you as voters, constituents, citizens, and residents to get in front of your candidates so that we as a collective Christian voice can raise hunger as an important issue during the campaign.
Be part of Bread’s I Vote to End Hunger campaign:
GET IN FRONT OF THE CANDIDATES
Whether during public forums, town hall meetings, or a meeting at a candidate’s office, you can engage all candidates on hunger. In most cases, that will be a candidate from each of the major parties. It is important to engage candidates on both sides so that regardless of who wins, there is a relationship established with the office-holder.
We want you to ask candidates the following questions:
- If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?
- Will you publicize your position on hunger, poverty, and opportunity on your website and in social media?
- Will you meet with us within the first 30 days of taking office?
After meeting with a candidate, please let us know how it went by completing the Activist Field Report Form. This will help Bread for the World track the number of candidates who are being engaged.
Additionally, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper and posting your experience on social media will publicize your efforts. All of the materials you will need are posted in the Elections Resources section below.
If you have any questions or need support with elections, please contact us by email or 202/639-9400.
Bread provides resources in English and Spanish for you to use in your state/district to engage candidates on these issues. These materials include:
Materials to present to candidates when you meet with them:
- Bread’s Election Platform (Plataforma Electoral de Pan)
- The fact sheet for your state from Bread’s Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets
- Bread for the World flier
And remember to fill out the Activist Field Report Form after talking to your candidate.
Resources for activists
- Visiting your member of Congress how-to
- Public meetings with members Congress how-to (Guia de reuniones publicas con el Congreso)
- How to write a letter to the editor
- Congressional voting records
- the handbook Elections Matter (Elecciones son Importantes)
Bread has many other elections resources to help congregations and individuals engage in the election. See the full list.