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Write to Congress During National Letter Writing Month

Woman_writing_letter_to_CongressApril is National Letter Writing Month—a perfect time to send hand-written notes to your friends, your family, and your members of Congress.

Why not use Letter Writing Month as an opportunity to write to your senators and representative and ask that they provide adequate funding for programs that address hunger and help lift people out of poverty? Also consider conducting an Offering of Letters through your church, campus, or community group.

In this digital age, it may seem anachronistic to write personal letters to Congress, but it tells your member that you are so concerned about hunger and poverty that you've taken time to put pen to paper and write him or her about it. While any contact you make with Congress is great, hand-writing a letter is a very personal way to connect. And if you're conducting an Offering of Letters with a group, hand-writing letters together and then praying over them before sending them off is a powerful experience. 

Need help getting started? Check out Bread for the World's writing tips and download our sample letter—but remember that the best letters have a personal touch. Use our form as a template, but please expand on it. Share what motivated you to write—personal stories show that there are actual people behind hunger statistics and help members of Congress connect legislation to the real lives of their constituents.

If you're interested in organizing an Offering of Letters, order our 2013 Offering of Letters kit, which contains everything you need. You can also contact your Bread for the World regional organizer for assistance.

And if you're so inclined, add one more person to your list to receive a letter this month—the editor of your local newspaper. Letters to the editor placed in local papers are a great way to make hunger part of public dialogue and advance the goal of eradicating hunger in our time.

Photo: Arlene Barela, a mother of two in Orange County, Calif., writes letters to Congress at Templo Calvario (Assembly of God church) in Santa Ana, Calif., on Sunday, October 16, 2011. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

 

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