Will President Obama Mention Hunger in Tonight's State of the Union?
Tonight, the president of the United States will outline a vision for our country in his State of the Union address. Will he mention ending hunger?
This is a challenging time for our country, with a tense political climate and ongoing budgetary woes. Despite those difficulties, our political leaders must make ending hunger a top priority now. As Christians, we are called to remind our elected leaders of God's vision that people one day will "hunger no more, and thirst no more" (Revelation 7:16).
While there is enough food in the world for everyone, many people still go hungry. In scripture, God's kingdom is portrayed with ample food and drink and a place at the table for all people. Bread's 2013 Offering of Letters, "A Place at the Table," boldly calls our nation's leaders to unite around this vision.
The Offering of Letters, which launches March 1, is Bread's primary legislative campaign of the year, and its success will depend on strong leadership, political will, faith — and a demand for change from Christians across this country. We need your help. Signing the petition is just the first step.
This year, Bread's Offering of Letters will ask you to do three things:
- Petition the President to set a goal and work with Congress on a plan to end hunger,
- Urge Congress to ensure a place at the table for all God's children by adequately funding programs to help hungry and poor people, and
- Help make ending hunger a part of our national conversation by watching the film A Place at the Table, which opens March 1.
We need you to campaign with us to ensure a place at God’s abundant table for everyone. Are you ready to answer the call to make ending hunger a priority for this country? Join us.
David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.
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