2014 Offering of Letters: Help Write Hunger into History
Catarina Pascual Jiménez carries her twins, Alexander and Sheili, in rural Guatemala. Small rations from a USAID program supplement the available food for her family (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World).
By Rev. David Beckmann
Each year, Christians all over the country use their influence to help write hunger into history. I invite you to take part in Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of Letters, "Reforming U.S. Food Aid," and to urge Congress to make U.S. food aid more effective and efficient.
Thousands of letters from Christians move Congress to develop policies that will end hunger. Your faith-filled advocacy has already had an impact in reforming food aid in the farm bill, but there is more we can do. With adequate funding and smart reforms to U.S. food aid, we can help more people like Catarina Pascual Jiménez, a Guatemalan woman who lives in extreme poverty.
As a single mother, Catarina has struggled to feed her four children, but a few months ago she enrolled in a USAID food-aid program for women with infants under age 2. Because of this assistance, baby twins Sheili and Alexander are now healthier, more active, and happier. The nutrition they receive increases their chances for a better life as they grow.
By enhancing nutritional quality and increasing the flexibility of U.S. food-aid programs, we can help many more families like Catarina's. But Congress won’t make these reforms unless they hear from you and your congregation.
We have everything you need to take part in this year’s Offering of Letters, and to help write hunger into history. Visit www.bread.org/ol/2014 for resources—stories, videos, fact sheets—that will help you conduct an Offering of Letters with your church, campus, or community group.
The success of this campaign depends on your faithful advocacy to build the political will to reform U.S. food aid. Please use the power of influence God has entrusted to you to help our neighbors around the world.
Rev. David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.
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