Letter: Senators need to help fund special organizations

From: the Rev. Clem Davis, Dianne Farrar, David Harpenau, the Rev. Felipe N. Martinez, the Rev. Marty Peter


“…for I was hungry and you gave me food…” (Matthew 25:35). Neighbors help neighbors, especially when there is a crisis or emergency. That is part of what Jesus was referring to in that gospel quote.

This month, congregation members around the country are advocating for neighbors by writing congress to support programs helping those facing food insecurity (when a family’s source of food is unpredictable because of low income, unemployment or other reasons). The letter-writing campaign is a national effort coordinated by Bread For the World, a non-profit committed to bring an end to hunger.

The letters we are writing ask our U.S. senators and representatives to invest in the well being of families by appropriately funding programs like WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps), and tax credits for low-income workers. Those programs offer crucial help to families because we don’t want children to go to school hungry, because we don’t want the elderly to choose between buying food or medicine, and because it is the right thing to do to love our neighbors.

Help us amplify our voices by writing members of Congress, because in a country as blessed as ours, no one should go to bed hungry.