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Our parish is a member of Bread for the World, a national Christian advocacy movement working to end hunger, both here in the US and around the world.  Each year Bread for the World focuses on particular issues related to hunger and urges public officials--primarily members of Congress-- to take appropriate action. St Francis joins this effort by conducting an annual Offering of Letters (letter-writing campaign).

In 2016 we're asking for improvements in our nation's international programs that provide better nutrition for women and children. More specifically, we are requesting that Congress provide at least $230 million in support for international maternal and child nutrition programs.  We are also urging Congress to pass the Global Food Security Act, which was introduced in 2015 and which would make permanent highly effective programs that address root causes of hunger.

To learn more about the 2016 Offering of Letters, use this link:  2016 Offering of letters.

To learn more about Bread for the World's 2015 accomplishments use this link: 2015 accomplishments.  Considering the current gridlock in Congress, to achieve so much is a testament to the power of prayer and advocacy!

We conducted our 2016 Offering of Letters on the weekend of May 14/15. Below are the form letters signed by parishioners.  If  you missed our Offering of Letters, you are welcome to use these letters. To download a letter, click on the link to view the letter. Once you are viewing the letter, right click and select "save as." 

Letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow

Letter to Senator Gary Peters

Letter to Represenative Bill Huizenga (District 02, which includes all of Ottawa County and a small portion of Allegan County)

Letter to Representative Fred Upton (District 06, which includes most of Allegan County)

Meanwhile, you can learn more about Bread for the World and the Holland Bread Team by viewing their websites, bread.org and hollandbreadteam.org, respectively.  Also, the facebook pages, facebook.com/breadfortheworld and facebook.com/hollandbreadteam, provide frequent updates and allow you to post your own news and commentary.