If it would help resolve the battle over the federal budget, would you consider praying, fasting or living on less? Would you do those things—if it would help the people who might suffer most from budget cuts?
A few dozen members of Congress are doing just that. They have joined former U.S. Rep. and Ambassador Tony Hall in Hungerfast.org, a movement to pray and fast to accomplish three goals: Remind people about the status of hungry and poor people in the U.S. and the world, to focus public attention on the effects of the proposed budget cuts, and to form a “circle of protection” around programs that help the most vulnerable people at home and abroad.
Hall was a Congressman back in 1993, when Congress eliminated the House Select Committee on Hunger. In protest, he went on a 22-day fast. Thousands of people joined Hall. Among other results, the World Bank increased support for hunger programs.
Now, Hall is fasting again, this time in response to the proposed cuts to programs for the poor, hungry, and vulnerable. Over 50 million Americans live in food-insecure households—where they miss meals and don’t get enough to eat on a regular basis. It’s a tragedy that widespread hunger exists in America, an issue that we’ve discussed before on OurValues.org.
Hall calls on people of faith and conscience to join him. If you visit Hungerfast.org, here are three pledges you can make:
- PRAY. Reflection and prayer at least once a week to support Hungerfast and the vulnerable.
- FAST. Skip a meal every day. Don’t eat solid food one day a week. Stop eating solid food altogether.
- LIVE ON LESS. Spend no more than $2 a day food—the daily amount that 2.1 billion people survive on each day.
Could you commit to these?
Do you feel it would aid in achieving a more humane budget?
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