Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Fed Up on World Food Day?

By Rev. David Beckmann

Today is World Food Day. This year, the annual day of solidarity in the struggle against hunger comes amid a U.S. financial crisis that threatens to increase hunger both at home and abroad. Right now, all attention is focused on the government shutdown and debt ceiling fights. The budget decisions before our elected officials have profound consequences for the country and the global community. But while the media focuses on the closure of national parks and rhetoric from our elected officials, we know that the working poor and struggling families are suffering.

Today of all days, I urge you to speak up! Raise your voice and raise the issue. Hunger and malnutrition do not wait for a budget deal—our most vulnerable populations are at risk now.

Your members of Congress must hear your call to conscience! Tell them that they must resolve this fiscal crisis in a way that prioritizes and protects those struggling with hunger in the United States and around the world.

The failure of Congress to resolve the budget impasse cannot shake our resolve to demand a responsible solution. A deal is in the works, but it’s unlikely to be a final resolution. We need you to keep emailing your members of Congress and calling Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor (1-800-826-3688). Get your friends to email and call, too.

Contact your members of Congress today and tell them to:

  • Immediately pass a bill that opens the government, prevents default, and funds programs serving struggling families in the United States and abroad.
  • Replace sequestration with a balanced plan that includes revenues and responsible spending cuts.
  • Urge farm bill negotiators to reject SNAP cuts and to protect it in the final farm bill or any other legislation.

World Food Day offers an opportunity to remind members of Congress of the values that should inform their budget decisions. Send an email and use our toll-free number, 1-800-826-3688, to be connected to the Capitol switchboard.

Rev. David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.


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