Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Refugee Choir to Perform on Saturday, April 21

South African Orion Duet and Matunda Ya Yesu African Childrens Choir.

South African Orion Duet Ministries, the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque (IIRVA) and New Mexico Women's Global Pathways (NMWGP) cordially invite the public to a concert featuring traditional African inspiring and uplifting songs, drumming and movement. The performers from Congo, Burundi, Mozambique, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda range in age from 12 to 68.  

Saturday, April 21
Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist Church
1351 Westside Blvd. in Rio Rancho (map).   
Suggested Donation $20

Proceeds will benefit Matunda Ya Yesu African Choir, the IRRVA, and its flagship program, NMGWP. 

For more information contact Nkazi Sinandile, womensglobalpathways@gmail. com or (505) 435-5741

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Afterschool Suppers, a 'Game Changer'

Afterschool suppers are a game-changer for reducing childhood hunger and drawing children into afterschool enrichment programs.One of the most effective ways to increase participation in afterschool suppers is to ensure that there are more programs that offer afterschool activities to the children who need them, and that those programs provide suppers. Jim Weill, president, Food Research & Action Center.
Cover photo for report
Last month, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) published the report Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation. This is FRAC’s first-ever report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs, which play a key role in reducing hunger and supporting quality afterschool enrichment programs.

This excerpt from the introduction to the report offers more background.

"Federally funded afterschool snacks have been available broadly since 1998. However, afterschool suppers are a relatively new option that only became available nationwide through the Healthy, Hunger- Free Kids Act of 2010. Federally funded afterschool suppers can be a game-changer for reducing childhood hunger in low-income communities and supporting the establishment and growth of afterschool enrichment programs. Children from struggling families can receive a healthy late afternoon or evening meal, instead of returning home hungry from their afterschool program, often to empty cupboards.

In October 2016, nearly 1.1 million children received an afterschool supper. Average daily participation grew from about 200,000 children in October 2011.

Reaching more than 1 million children in the sixth year after the national rollout has been an important accomplishment. But much more needs to be done; and yet, as this report shows, the pace of growth slowed in 2016. Through 2015, participation had been growing at a much faster rate; approximately 200,000 additional children were being served each October compared to the year before. In October 2016, however, the increase was one-quarter of what it had been — about 48,000 additional children.

The Data
The report measures the reach of the Afterschool Supper Program, funded through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Afterschool Snack Programs, funded through CACFP and the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The findings focus on participation in October 2016 and in comparison to October 2015, nationally and in each state. Based on a variety of metrics, this report examines the impacts of trends and policies on program participation.

How did FRAC arrive at the figures for school suppers used in the report? Here is the formula:
  1. For each state, FRAC calculated the average daily number of children receiving afterschool supper in October for every 100 children receiving free or reduced-price NSLP lunches in the same month. 
  2. FRAC then calculated the number of additional children who would be reached if that state achieved a 15-to-100 ratio of afterschool supper participation to free and reduced-price lunch participation. 
  3. FRAC then multiplied this unserved population by the afterschool supper reimbursement rate, and multiplied this total by the national average number of NSLP serving days in October. 
  4. FRAC assumed each supper is reimbursed at the standard rate for school year 2016–2017: $3.16. Reimbursement estimates do not include the value of commodities, or cash-in-lieu of commodities, which are also provided to sponsors.
Here is data for New Mexico in one category that FRAC measured. There are five other tables, which you can access by viewing the report.

Table 1
Measures average daily participation (ADP) in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Suppers and Free and Reduced-Price National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for  October 2015 and October 2016

New Mexico
                         Supper ADP     Lunch ADP      Ratio
October 2015    4,365                187, 680            2.3
October 2016    5,551                188,319             2.9

Change in Ratio 0.6
Percent Change in Supper ADP  27.2 %

United States 
                        Supper ADP     Lunch ADP      Ratio
 October 2015  1,047,961        22,022,103         4.8
 October 2016  1,096,361        21,772,369         5.0

Change in Ratio 0.6
Percent Change in Supper ADP  27.2 %

"The number of low-income students who participate in school lunch provides an important baseline for the need for afterschool meals. The CACFP Afterschool Supper Program’s eligibility rules require that at least 50 percent of the students attending the local elementary, middle, or high school are certified for free or reduced- price school meals," said the FRAC report. "This requirement significantly limits the areas that are eligible to participate, resulting in low-income students in every state not having access to afterschool meals. In addition, the eligibility requirement makes it more difficult for states with lower concentrations of poverty within their schools’ enrollment to provide low-income children with afterschool meals,"

Thursday, April 05, 2018

A Webinar on Starting a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital

Join experts from No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Medical University of South Carolina, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services in a webinar on How To: Start a Summer Meal Program at Your Hospital. Two of those experts are Leigh Caswell  and Trish Moore from Albuquerque, both affiliated with the Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
Time: 1pm- 2pm EST (11am-Noon MST)
Date: April 11th, 2018

Speaker Bios
Derrick Lambert leads the summer meals strategy within the No Kid Hunger Center for Best Practices. Prior to joining Share Our Strength in 2016, Derrick worked as a Program Manager with Hunger Free Vermont, where he worked with state agency staff, school districts and statewide partners to initiate and expand implementation of a range of federal child nutrition programs, with a special focus on summer meals. Derrick has a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Kent (England) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union University. Derrick is also a former educator, having spent four years teaching at public secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Debbie Petitpain, is a registered dietitian with Sodexo at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. As the Wellness Dietitian in the Office of Health Promotion, she develops programs to advance health on MUSC campus and in the community. In 2016, she received a Hero of Everyday Life award for her work establishing the first hospital-based USDA Summer Meal Program in the Southeast with the Kids Eat Free at MUSC program, which has provided over 13,000 free summer meals to kids in the first 3 years.

Leigh Caswell at Health & Food Conference in #ABQ in 2015
Leigh Caswell is Director of The Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services.In this role, she directs initiatives, strategy and operations that support the community health priorities of the largest not-for-profit health system in New Mexico. This includes convening partnerships and leveraging funds to tackle barriers to health across the state. The Healthy Here Wellness Referral Center, Mobile Farmers’ Market and FreshRX, which provides prescriptions to patients for produce, are among the initiatives Leigh has developed at Presbyterian to promote prevention, increase health equity and enhance the effectiveness of clinical interventions. Under her leadership, Presbyterian was named one of 32 national participants in the Accountable Health Communities model, which is testing how communities can address the health-related social needs of people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, she has a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Mexico

from PHS website
Trish Moore serves as Project Coordinator at The Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. She has a passion to alleviate child hunger in her community and state. Since September of 2015 she has lead the At-Risk Child, Youth, and Family Services Division Feeding Program and Summer Feeding Program sponsored by USDA across the largest health system in New Mexico. She has brought on 5 Presbyterian hospitals, serving approximately 20,000 children ages 1-18 and counting. Trish supports the Bridge Organization on the new Accountable Health Communities model to address the health-related social needs of people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, such as unstable housing, food insecurity, utility needs, violence and transportation. Presbyterian will serve as a hub linking clinical and community services in Bernalillo County. She is certified as a facilitator for the My Chronic Disease Pain and Diabetes Self-Management classes that help participants take control and better manage their chronic conditions. From 2010-2014 Trish served as Research Assistant in the Presbyterian Cancer Center providing support for patients and their families, reporting clinical trial results, and data submission.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

'We Have the Resources to End Poverty'

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The dreamer is gone, but the dream remains.
King’s dream of a beloved community embodying God-given life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for all was at the heart of his pastoral calling. His call for the Poor People’s Campaign and his support of striking Memphis sanitation workers were steps toward his vision of the promised land. 
Upon his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he said: “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.”  -Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, National Senior Associate for Pan African and Orthodox Church Engagement, Bread for the World
King was working to broaden the scope of the civil rights movement to include poverty and the end of the war in Vietnam. King and his leadership team planned to bring thousands of poor people to Washington, D.C., where they would camp out on the National Mall until Congress passed legislation to eradicate poverty.

King was convinced that for the civil rights movement to achieve its goals, poverty needed to become a central focus of the movement. He believed the poor could lead a movement that would revolutionize society and end poverty. As King noted, “The only real revolutionary, people say, is a man who has nothing to lose. There are millions of poor people in this country who have little, or nothing to lose.”

With over 43 million people living in poverty in the United States today, King’s ideas still hold much power.   -Joshua F.J. Inwood, Sojourners (Read full reflection)
On this day, as we reflect on [Dr. King’s] life and work, we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us… This anniversary gives us an important moment to draw inspiration from the way in which Dr. King remained undeterred in his principle of nonviolent resistance, even in the face of years of ridicule, threats and violence for the cause of justice...We can best honor Dr. Martin Luther King and preserve his legacy by boldly asking God—today and always—to deepen our own commitment to follow [God’s] will wherever it leads in the cause of promoting justice . -U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Administrative Committee

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Messages of Peace and Love on Holy Week, Easter (and Passover)

If the central message of Christmas is Peace on Earth, the same words are more than appropriate for the Easter season. The symbol of peace came to me a couple of times during a work-related trip to Miami during Holy Week.

As I was wandering around the streets of Miami Beach on Tuesday, I came across a wonderful monument on the grounds of Temple Emanu-El. The monument,  entitled the Dove of Peace, was designed by architect Ken Treister and erected on the site in 2010. (Peace is also a central theme during Passover).

"...he sent forth the dove out of the ark, And the dove came to him at eventide; and lo in her mouth an olive leaf freshly plucked; so Noah knew that the waters were abated off the earth." -Genesis 8:10-11

The second sign of peace I encountered on Holy Week was a message on a wall near an escalator in the north terminal at Miami International Airport. I noticed the sign as I was searching for my gate to take me back to Albuquerque on Thursday.

According to a note in the airport website, PEACE & LOVE is a social sculpture exploring the politics of hope through the universal language of flowers. The artists are Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt.

"The piece reminds us of the power of flowers and of flowerpower. Flowers become words; words become desire, and together, an expression of better things to come." -Miami International Airport website

I conclude this post with two videos from the Urban Way of the Cross on Good Friday in Albuquerque. Both videos are well-known pieces in the tradition of Taizé, Bendigo al Señor and Come and Fill Our Hearts

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Photos from the 2018 Urban Way of the Cross in #ABQ

Because Good Friday is not about us trying to "get right with God." It is about us entering the difference between God and humanity and just touching it for a moment. - Nadia Bolz-Weber
God understands our pain. That is good theology for Good Friday. And that kind of theology only happens when we connect the Bible to the world we live in. It happens when worship and activism meet. We don’t have to choose between faith and action. In fact, we cannot have one without the other.  Shane Claiborne
Father Warren Broussard. S.J., offers opening blessing

Rev. Susan Allison-Hatch welcomes pilgrims
Station 1 Life for Dreamers. Story by Rafael Martinez

Station 2: Bridging the Hunger Gap. Story by Evelyn Kuhn
Station 3. New Beginnings (Sanctuary) Story by David McGuire

Station 4.The Human Face of Opioids. Story by Danny Whatley
Station 5:Speaking Out for Our Lives (Protecting Schools from Guns) Story by Maya Bode

Station 6: Freedom for the Captive. Story, Shelly Repp

Station 7: Caring for the Earth and One Another.  Story Martha Favela

Taize songs during anointing: Kay Huggins, George Huggins

Urban Way of the Cross-#ABQ: Station 2, Bridging the Hunger Gap

The second station of the Urban Way of the Cross addressed food insecurity. The theme that organizers chose for the station was Bridging the Hunger Gap. Maria Duran read from Deuteronomy 15: 7-11. Following an introduction from Jason Riggs, SNAP outreach manager for Roadrunner Food Bank, Evelyn Kuhn spoke on how the food stamps program supported her during a time of need.  Judy Traeger concluded with a prayer adapted from Bread for the World's 2018 Offering of Letters.

Friday, March 23, 2018

New Mexico Conference of Churches Acts on its Values

Protest against apartheid (Berkely-1980s)
In the 1980s, a major emphasis of socially responsible investing was on avoiding companies that had assets or operations in South Africa. This was a country where the racist policy of apartheid was practiced.

At that time, socially responsible investment also targeted companies that manufactured weapons of mass destruction or whose practices caused significant contamination of the Earth,  or whose policies disproportionately harmed minority communities.

While the issue of apartheid is no longer front and center,  racism remains an emphasis for those who are seeking socially responsible investments. Environmental concerns, corrupt corporate practices, manufacturing of weapons and firearms and unfair economic activities are also guiding principles for people and communities of faith and conscience when considering where to invest their money.

This brings us to a decision by the New Mexico Conference of Churches, which on January 16, 2018, announced it had completed the removal of  its assets from Wells Fargo Bank in protest of the financial institution's corporate behavior. The process was started in the fall of 2017, when the NMCC Board voted unanimously to move its assets to an investment manager who will respect the collective values of the member churches.

In taking this action against Wells Fargo, the NMCC--a statewide network of churches working for the well-being of New Mexico's peoples and environment--cites the following concerns:

• Wells Fargo’s role as a lender to the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
• Wells Fargo’s position among the primary financiers of the for-profit private prison industry.
• Wells Fargo ’s practices that involved bank employees creating fake accounts in customers' names to bolster performance results and boost bonuses.

In a statement to New Mexico churches the Conference wrote,

We understand that there is no major financial institution whose practices are without question.

Nonetheless, we are moved by Christ to exercise ethical and social stewardship in addition to responsible financial management in our investment practices .

This action is shaped by the sustainable investment principles held by each of our member churches. The Conference encourages congregations in New Mexico to review their own investment practices, and to align them with the sustainability principles of their church.

Faith-based resources for sustainable investing include:
• Christian Church (DOC) : Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility
• Community of Christ: Investment Guidelines
• Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Corporate Social Responsibility
• Presbyterian Church USA: Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement
• The Episcopal Church: Socially Responsible Investing
• The United Methodist Church: Faithful Finance
• United Church of Christ: Investing
• US Conference of Catholic Bishops: Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Two Ways to Commemorate World Water Day

It has been shown that water is responsive to the power of intention. Gather at your local water source, or home, and place your good intentions and prayers into the water. Let’s stand in solidarity with the world’s water protectors and with this blessing, take the first step towards cleaning and restoring the world's water.
Today is World Water Day, an occasion that is celebrated worldwide on March 22 every year. For this occasion, UNIFY, Uplift and Voices of Amerikua have come together to present a beautiful film entitled The Voice of Water,  gives thanks for water and and for life. These three organizations led the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Water Protectors around the world, led by indigenous nations, are standing up for the rights of water. From the Ganges in India, to the Whanganui River in New Zealand and Standing Rock in the Dakotas, the sacredness of water is being recognized and respected.

The Voice of Water features Chief Phil Lane Jr.–Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, Cheryl Angel–Sicangu/Oohenumpa Water Protector, Lyla June Johnston–Cheyanne/Dine Poet and Activist, Ruben Saufkie Sr.–Hopi Water Clan, Hector Buitrago, Polly Higgins, Grant Wilson, Dr Erin O'Donnell, and more.

Register Here to watch the free online premiere today   Watch Trailer

As long we're on the subject of World Water Day, the United Nations is also offering its own commemoration with a film entitled  Nature for Water – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Faith Communities Cannot Compensate for Federal Cuts to Nutrition

President Trump’s 2019 budget request includes $1.5 trillion in cuts to programs that help people struggling with hunger and poverty. If communities of faith and charities tried to fill that budget gap, they would have to raise more than $428,000 annually for 10 years. 
While the president’s proposal is unlikely to become law, it is a starting point for budget negotiations with Congress. Last year, President Trump proposed even deeper cuts to programs that are helping to end hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Thanks to thousands of calls, letters, and emails from advocates like you, we expect funding for international development and key domestic safety-net programs to be largely protected in 2018.

We can stop these budget cuts again. Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress today.

Eric Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Food Bank & SNAP Outreach; How Food Stamps Help State Farmers

A day ago, we posted a video of Sovereign Hager, supervising attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, who told us about the importance of the SNAP program for families in New Mexico who are working or seeking work. Ms. Hager was one of three speakers at the Bread for the World Offering of Letters workshop in Albuquerque.

The letter-writing campaign, entitled For Such a Time as This, urges people of faith and conscience to raise our collective voices to urge Congress to invest in and protect key programs that help improve the lives of men, women, and children facing hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.  Our workshop on March 17 focused on how one federal program, SNAP, is crucial to low-income families in New Mexico.

Below are videos of the two other speakers at the workshop.

(Please bear with us, this video is out of focus for the first 45 seconds)

As hard as everybody is working..small churches and organizations that are putting out food pantries or running soup kitchens...the food that Roadrunner Food Bank gives out to 70,000 New Mexicans is only going to last on average about two weeks. It so happens that on average, SNAP benefits last people about two weeks, Together, there's this chance that we can get families and households through that month with enough food last them throughout....
Jason Riggs: Manages the SNAP Outreach Program at Roadrunner Food Bank. The program works to reduce some of the barriers that prevent hungry people in New Mexico from participating in this important program. By providing SNAP application assistance and education at food distribution locations, more New Mexicans can become informed about their potential eligibility and learn important information about how they can obtain benefits. New Mexico has an 81% participation rate among eligible SNAP households. There are many barriers that prohibit the remaining eligible 19% from successfully participating in the program. They are often are not informed about the program and have not yet applied to receive them.

Over one-third of New Mexico farmers are on food stamps, so anything that can help them get more income is excellent..,New Mexican farmers who participate in the Double-Up Food Bucks program have seen an increase in their take-home income...
Sarah Lucero. Program specialist at the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association. Her focus is on the development, promotion and support for the Double Up Food Bucks program in our state. The program allows recipients of SNAP benefits to obtain more fruits and vegetables when you spend your SNAP EBT Card dollars at participating farmers’ markets, 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

'SNAP Promotes Economic Development, Helps Working Families'

SNAP brought $670 million into our state in 2017. That's all federal benefits. That's money spent at grocery stores, farmers markets, rural communities that is going directly into our economy. Every dollar spent generates $1.70 in economic activity. If you think what's on the table on the federal budget Maybe you've all heard about converting SNAP into a food box. There's lot of reasons why that's a bad idea, and probably not likely to happen...What that would really mean economically for our state is hundreds of millions of dollars lost in economic activity. Sovereign Hager, supervising attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

Sovereign Hager, supervising attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. was one of three guest speakers at the Bread for the World Offering of Letters in Albuquerque on March 17.

Ms. Hager's 16-minute presentation was packed with information about state policies regarding SNAP and other public benefits, President Trump's plan for SNAP and the possibilities for nutrition programs in the upcoming debate for the 2018 Farm Bill. 

Ms. Hager, whose focus is on protecting and improving the public benefits safety net for struggling families in New Mexico, spoke about the importance of SNAP for families who are working or seeking work.
"Most of the people who are on SNAP that can work, do. The vast majority of people on SNAP, kids, other adults, are in households where someone is working.  This is supporting working families when wages are low, when they can't get full-time hours, which is really common, and it's a critical support to work... SNAP is really there for stability when people are struggling."
We will post videos from our two other speakers in a blog post on Monday.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Giving Our Offering of Letters a New Mexico Focus

Bread for the World's 2018 Offering of Letters, entitled For Such a Time as This, urges people of faith and conscience to raise our collective voices to urge Congress to invest in and protect key programs that help improve the lives of men, women, and children facing hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

For our Offering of Letters Workshop in Albuquerque on March 17, 2018, we decided to give the event a New Mexico focus. With our high rates of hunger and poverty, what federal program helps low-income families in our state most? That would be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Sarah Lucero, Jason Riggs, Sovereign Hager
Three guest speakers offered great perspectives on how the program benefits people in our state, Sovereign Hager, supervising attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. presented an overview on the economic and personal benefits of the program. She also spoke of how budget cuts proposed by President Trump, would be very harmful to our state.

Jason Riggs, who manages the SNAP Outreach Program at Roadrunner Food Bank, spoke of why outreach efforts are important to bring as many eligible people

Sara Lucero, program specialist at the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association, spoke about the importance of making nutritious items available to SNAP recipients. This is accomplished in New Mexico through the Double Up Food Bucks program.

The information presented at the workshop will help our churches bring the issue more relevant to letter writers in the pews.

Representatives from a dozen congregations attended the workshop, including Albuquerque Mennonite Church,  All Saints Lutheran Church,  Annunciation Catholic Church, Central United Methodist Church, Feeding Santa Fe, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, St. John XXIII Catholic Community, St. Michael and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Stay tuned for videos of our speakers to be posted in this blog in the next couple of days.

Also, local professional photographer Allan Emord snapped photographs for Bread for the World. Watch for those photos in Bread publications and online in the near future.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Ideal Farm Bill

Simply growing enough healthy food is not enough to end hunger in the United States. People must also be able to afford to buy these foods. The Farm Bill supports this part of the solution through its funding for federal nutrition programs, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  -Bread for the World Institute
As Congress prepares to debate the next five-year piece of legislation that addresses agriculture and nutrition programs, there are some things we would like to see in this measure known as the Farm Bill. Health Affairs has a great piece on how the process works. This link leads you to the article.

Last year, the Bread for the World Institute posted a clear and succinct  article on how the Farm Bill can help end hunger. (Click here to read the piece in pdf). This graphic from Bread for the World complements the article.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Video: Cuts in SNAP Would Hurt the Most Vulnerable

President Trump and Congress (led by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) are intent on cutting back on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) without considering the real consequences of this action. Anti-hunger advocates in Indiana created a 37-second video with this simple message for Congress, which will make a decision on funding for crucial domestic nutrition programs (and international assistance).

"If Congress cuts back SNAP, it's really 41 million hungry children, veterans, people with disabilities, seniors, and families who will be left on the chopping block."

(Note: The hyperlink pictured on the last frame, www.standupforsnap.org, is NOT a real stand-alone hyperlink. It is a gateway link to Bread for the World's Get Involved site. You can go directly to the 2018 Offering of Letters site by clicking on this link. Better yet, go to the Write a letter to Congress site directly via this link),