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Offering of Letters

Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow

SUNDAYS, APRIL 28 & MAY 5

The Hunger Ministry Team of Second Presbyterian will conduct its annual Offering of Letters (OL) between services on April 28 and May 5, in McFarland Hall and in the Atrium.

The OL campaign is the advocacy part of the team’s work to help feed the hungry. Our other two fund-raising efforts for the hungry (Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday in February, and the Crop Walk in October) help supply food pantries. However, we recognize that Congress holds the larger percentage of the purse strings in helping to feed the hungry globally. Hand-written letters DO get the attention of our Congress people.

Global hunger has increased for the third year in a row, according to a United Nations report. Drought and conflict have brought about near-famine in the Middle East and Africa. Millions are on the brink of starvation. In Central America, hunger, violence, and poverty are pushing thousands of migrants into countries to the north. Getting Congress to pass a resolution to make maternal and child nutrition a priority—and then boosting funding for programs that have been proven effective—are long-term solutions to this crisis of hunger. 

The focus of this year’s Offering of Letters to our U.S. Congress is: Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow. We are joining with Bread for the World’s 2019 campaign to get Congress to pass a resolution to make maternal and child nutrition a priority—and then boosting funding for programs that have been proven effective, which are long-term solutions to this crisis of hunger.

We encourage church members to take a few minutes on either Sunday, April 28 or May 5, (between or after worship services) to write a brief letter urging their Congressman/woman to consider the plight of hungry people when they vote on the budget, etc. The team supplies sample letters, writing supplies, and the names and addresses of our U.S. Representatives and Senators.