2017 Offering of Letters is focused on urging members of Congress to make funding decisions that put our country and the world on track toward ending hunger. We want Congress to fund and protect programs such as SNAP, WIC, international poverty focused development assistance, and tax credits for low-income workers.
The United States and the world have made substantial progress toward
ending hunger and poverty over the past several decades. Worldwide,
extreme poverty — living on less than $1.90 a day — has been cut in half
over the past 30 years. But more work needs to be done. Nearly 800
million people in the world are still hungry. In the United States, 1 in
6 children lives in a family that struggles with hunger.
Nations around the world, including the United States, have agreed to
work for an end to hunger and related goals by 2030. And there is
growing recognition among faith leaders, nongovernmental organizations,
and business leaders that ending hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 is
Families, churches and community groups, and businesses all need to
do their parts to end hunger. It’s crucial that our government also does
its part. Through this 2017 Offering of Letters, entitled Doing Our Part we urge Congress to
make funding decisions that put our country and the world on track to
ending hunger by 2030. This will be a challenging year. Programs that
help families alleviate hunger and get out of poverty are threatened
with deep funding cuts. As in years past, your persistent and faithful
advocacy will be important in defending the interests of people who are
hungry. Download Full Guide and check out the official video for this year's OL.