Annual NIS Assembly Offering of Letters

June 19-20, 2020

In response to a 2018 Synod Resolution encouraging an annual Synod Offering of Letters, the Social Ministry Committee established an Offering of Letters Sub-Committee. Congregations and Assembly members were invited to participate as last year’s 2019 Assembly. 3,000 letters were offered and sent to 8 Representatives and our 2 Senators advocating for legislation that supported the SNAP Program (Food Stamps) from being cut and tax credits for low-income families. Both programs remained in place and fully funded.

At the 2020 Synod Assembly voting members, guests and congregations are once again invited to participate in an Offering of Letters. Letters will be available for signing on Sundays – June 7 and June 14. Congregational participants’ letters can be brought to the Synod Assembly. Voting members and guests will be invited to sign a more current letter then. These will be delivered to our Representatives and Senators.

This is an opportunity to advocate for systemic change that will ultimately reduce and eliminate hunger. Your voice and your letter will make a difference.

Sample Letter follows

International Nutrition

Dear Representative ____ ______/, Senator _____________,

Support efforts to end child malnutrition by signing the bipartisan McCollum/Brooks/Lee/Fitzpatrick letter to appropriators, which calls for increasing global nutrition funding to $200 million.

Almost half of all child deaths worldwide are caused by malnutrition. The children who survive remain at high risk of irreversible stunting, which affects their physical growth and development. For 149 million children under the age of 5, the majority in Central America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, stunting is a life sentence.

Last year, the House and Senate each passed Global Nutrition Resolutions (H.Res.189/S.Res.260) out of their respective committees. The resolutions recognize the importance of continued U.S. leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition. In January, the full Senate passed its resolution. The House version has yet to come to the floor for a vote.

But more work needs to be done. This includes support for the USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy and increased efforts to scale up maternal and child nutrition.

Millions more women and children can be helped by nutrition programs with an increase in global nutrition funding by Congress in the State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill.

My faith calls me to have compassion and stand alongside women and children around the world. I urge you to affirm our nation’s commitment to and investment in, efforts to advance global nutrition by increasing global nutrition funding to $200 million.

[your name/signature & address added below]