Which are the hungriest days of the month? The 21st forward. Because 90% of SNAP benefits run out then for the most vulnerable families in the U.S. So on the 21st monthly while the 115th Congress is active, participate in an ecumenical fast – from food, from a habit or other means. Engage our hearts, bodies and communities together to combat poverty as elected government officials consider deep cuts to vital anti-poverty programs in the federal budget.
This initiative has been introduced by the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, along with the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church.
We fast to fortify our advocacy in solidarity with families who are struggling with hunger.
We fast to be in solidarity with neighbors who suffer famine, who have been displaced, and who are vulnerable to conflict and climate change.
We fast with immigrants who are trying to make a better future for their families and now face the risk of deportation.
We fast in solidarity with families on SNAP, who often run out of food by the last week of the month.
Additional background and resources can be found:
- In the text of the “For Such a Time As This: Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy” (pdf file)
- Through signing up for updates and resources from elca.org/advocacy
- By watching an introductory video from Presiding Bishop Eaton.