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 2019 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.
Good nutrition during the 1,000-day period from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday is critical to a child’s health and future well-being.
To accelerate progress on nutrition, we must scale up what we know works: improved access to nutritious foods, vitamins and minerals, clean water and sanitation, promotion of breastfeeding, and treatment for severe malnutrition.
All children deserve the opportunity to live a healthy life and reach their full potential. Join us in making this opportunity a reality!
Immigration is a hunger issue. People who make the decision to leave home and come to the United States generally have few other options. Central America countries are among the poorest in the world, with very high levels of hunger and malnutrition.
Any truly effective immigration policy must include lasting solutions to push factors of migration: hunger, malnutrition, extreme poverty, and violence.
This year, Congress has the opportunity to strengthen the United States’ development and humanitarian assistance by investing in development assistance targeted to help countries in Central America respond to and address the causes of forced migration.
Reforming our nation’s criminal justice system is critical to ending hunger and poverty in the United States. Harsh mandatory minimum sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.
People lose income and work skills while serving time in prison and lack opportunities to participate in rehabilitative programs, making it even harder for many to find a job after leaving the prison system.
Reforms, such as reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, eliminating the collateral consequences to incarceration, and expanding access to reentry services would help reduce hunger and improve the stability of families in the United States.
Reflections on the Giving Tree
The spirit of giving has been alive at Saint Ignatius for many years. Starting over twenty years ago during Advent, there was a tree, called the Jesse Tree, with paper ornaments representing various stories in the Bible leading up to the birth of Jesus. Written on the reverse side of each ornament was an item, such as gloves, hats, and scarfs, for donors to buy as a Christmas gift for people served by the homeless ministry. Several years ago, Norma Hyder, who coordinates this ministry, expanded the program to provide $25 grocery gift cards for women and children served by My Sister’s Place.
Given the current political climate, I have caught myself asking, where are our faith leaders in all of this?
There are hungry people in the United States. Why should we spend taxpayer dollars on international poverty-focused development assistance?
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).
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.