Pope visit inspires over 15,500 letters to Congress

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

By Margaret Tran and Jon Gromek
Regional Organizers
Bread for the World

Bread for the World’s Margaret Tran, center, with basket filled with letters blessed by Pope Francis, flanked by Catholic Charities’ Tom Dobbins and Dianne Johnson.


In a record-breaking feat, more than 15,500 letters were sent to Congress from just two states – some blessed by Pope Francis. 

In anticipation of the pope’s U.S. visit, Catholics in New York and Ohio wrote to their U.S. legislators in September and urged them to close the child hunger gap by passing a child nutrition bill. The legislation would allow more food-insecure children to receive the nutrition they need in order to thrive.

The influx of letters comes at a critical time. The legislation that sets funding and policy for the nation’s school meal programs, as well as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), expired just days ago on September 30. Congress needs to hear from people of faith, especially when 1 in 5 U.S. children lives at risk of hunger…

In partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, thousands of people representing 35 Catholic churches and organizations worked together to write letters to Congress about child hunger.

“There is nothing greater than working with such wonderful, passionate, dedicated and committed individuals,” said Martha Robles, executive director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland.

The New York letters were blessed by Pope Francis during his visit on September 25 to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem. The letters were also hand delivered to New York lawmakers.

Read the full post on Bread for the World's web site.

Add your voice by emailing Congress. Tell them to get to work and pass a child nutrition bill that closes the hunger gap and give more children the building blocks they need to thrive.