Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

The Greatest Nation?

Participants in Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day. Pictured (from left to right) Eileen Smith LeVan of Reading, Pa.,Jeff McGlaughlin of Spring City, Pa., Sonja Spangler of Pa.,   and Miriam Fiorentino of Wyomissing, PA. (Jim Stipe)

By Jim Lund

Are you ready for the 4th of July? It’s such a fun and meaningful holiday—a day of barbeques, fireworks, and celebration of the freedoms that come with living in the greatest nation in the world.

But how great are we if we sit by and allow 16.7 million children in the United States to be at risk of hunger? Why are people going hungry in our great nation?

We must take a stand and act. I invite you to make a gift right now to help Bread take these actions:

  1. Fight to protect funding for programs that help families lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
  2. Talk to members of Congress every week and urge them to make decisions that protect hungry and poor people.
  3. Raise awareness about hunger across the United States— from your community to the other side of the country. The more people talk about hunger, the more lives we can change.

The best part is that right now your gift to support these efforts will be doubled—up to $85,000—by a few generous members! Will you take a stand for hungry people and donate today?

I hope you will also take two minutes to call your members of Congress at 1-800-326-4941. Let them know that no one should go hungry and that nutrition programs can’t take any more cuts.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July. And please do your part to help make this country truly the greatest.

Jim Lund is Bread for the World's vice president for Development and Membership.


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