What is Bread for the World at St. Ignatius?

Bread for the World is an ecumenical coalition of churches and community organizations that strive to end hunger throughout our nation and around the world. At St. Ignatius, the rich social justice tradition of the church inspires us to encounter the face of Christ in all individuals who lack proper access to food. Whether this endeavor is carried out via direct engagement with impoverished residents of Baltimore, or through written advocacy campaigns to members of Congress, Bread for the World at St. Ignatius Church seeks to highlight and cater to the pressing needs of hungry people at home and abroad. Our primary goal is ending the phenomenon of rampant hunger around the globe and in our own backyards. We, as members of St. Ignatius Church, carry out this objective by persuading members of Congress to resist the urge to cut programs that assist individuals who depend on them for nutritional sustenance through Offerings of Letters; in conjunction with ongoing efforts to inform parishioners about the plight of food insecure brothers and sisters in Baltimore, Maryland.

Red zones are zones experiencing greater rates of poverty. Baltimore is a red zone in a sea of blue.

Introduction to Offering of Letters Update

By raising your voice through Bread for the World’s 2018 Offering of Letters you can urge Congress to invest in programs and support policies that help improve the lives of men, women, and children struggling with hunger and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States and around the world.

Listing of the Maryland Congressional Delegation

If you wish to contact your senator or representative we are providing you with a list with addresses, phone numbers, and the districts of each delegate.

$17.67

…the amount per hour the Living Wage Cal-culator suggests an individual living with another adult and two children must earn to support their family. The current statewide minimum wage, $9.25 an hour, is simply not enough.

$13,000

…the average amount owed by the average family with an imprisoned family member in fines and court fees alone. Also more than half the gross income of a family of four at the poverty line. Coming at the same time as the loss of income…

30%

…the rate of poverty among immigrants. Meanwhile, the national poverty rate is 14.8 percent. Hundreds of thousands of people could be moved out of poverty if comprehensive immigration reform is achieved and a pathway to citizenship…

Talking Points

Given the current political climate, I have caught myself asking, where are our faith leaders in all of this?

Pushback

There are hungry people in the United States. Why should we spend taxpayer dollars on international poverty-focused development assistance?

DEFINE: Hunger

The U.S. government does not use the term “hunger,” but it defines and regularly measures the incidence of two conditions related to it. One is “low food security,” or not always being sure of having enough money to pay for food. The other is “very low food security,” skipping meals or not eating for a whole day or longer because there is not enough money for food. The term “food insecurity” refers to households in either group. Bread for the World considers food insecurity to be hunger. Americans frequently interpret “hunger” or “food insecurity” to mean that someone does not have enough food. And, of course, it’s true that not having enough food is hunger. But the two terms also encompass not just the number of calories available to people, but the nutrients they consume. Since nutritious foods tend to cost more and may be harder to access in low-income neighborhoods, people who live below the poverty line are too often forced to choose cheap foods that may be filling but do not provide the nutrients needed for good health. Their health—especially the health of children—can and does suffer as a result.

Congress Must Protect and Strengthen SNAP and Other Key Anti-Hunger Programs

Give policymakers a brief, up-to-date fact sheet on what they can do to protect and strengthen key anti-hunger programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Direct Action...

Loaves & Fishes Logo

St. Ignatius engages in Direct Action to address hunger in Baltimore City through the Loaves & Fishes ministry. Learn more by visiting our Loaves & Fishes ministry page.

St. Ignatius supports the work of St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore, which actively works in the community to address hunger and poverty through education, programming, and service. Check them out here.

St. Ignatius supports the Baltimore Hunger Project, which provides weekend food packages for children experiencing food insecurity. Learn more about them here.

St. Ignatius partners with Viva House, operated by Brendan Walsh and Willa Beckham, to provide food to those who need it in Baltimore. Learn more about Viva House here.

Contact Information

Rachael Martines
Hunger & Poverty Subcommittee Chair
516-282-6713
rachelmartines@st-ignatius.net

Justice & Peace Meetings

The Justice & Peace Committee generally meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. Click here for compete information.

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