Recognizing the gravity of this crisis, students across the country will commemorate the 26th annual World Food Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16, by hosting a Broken Bread Poverty Meal on their college campuses and with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Sponsored by World Vision's Acting on AIDS team, it's an event to raise awareness and inspire action for hungry children and families who often also are affected by extreme poverty and the AIDS crisis — all of which combine to create a vicious cycle of despair and suffering.
The goal of Broken Bread is to help participants experience firsthand what it feels like to be caught up in such a cycle. They're encouraged to fast for up to a day prior to the event, and when they arrive, they're asked to stand silently in a line, where they are given a simple meal of porridge. It's an experience similar to a food distribution at a refugee camp. The porridge for the events is a nutritionally fortified corn-soy blend used in food aid distributions and donated by the North American Millers' Association.
Cards are distributed to each participant, which contain compelling, real-life stories of children and families devastated by hunger, poverty, and AIDS. After reading their cards and eating the porridge silently for several minutes, students reflect on the experience through discussion and prayer, which helps them confront the overarching question of how to respond to what they have learned.
"There are simple things we can do to fight problems like these that seem overwhelming," says Jyl Hall, World Vision's Acting on AIDS manager. "People affected by AIDS often live in developing nations where hunger is a problem. When they have access to fundamental nutritional needs, they have a real chance to lead much healthier lives. By having [participants] experience the stories of those people firsthand, we hope to motivate action through prayer and advocacy."
>> Pray for families and children around the world who suffer at the hands of hunger, poverty, and AIDS. Pray that advocacy events such as the Broken Bread Poverty Meal will draw attention to these crises and inspire people to take action on behalf of those who are suffering.
>> Give monthly to help feed hungry children around the world. Become a Child Crisis Partner.
>> E-mail World Vision's Acting on AIDS team for information about hosting a Broken Bread Poverty meal at your church or school.
>> Send a letter to your elected officials, asking them to continue funding for food aid.
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|Pray for families and children around the world who suffer at the hands of hunger, poverty, and AIDS. Pray that advocacy events such as the Broken Bread Poverty Meal will draw attention to these crises and inspire people to take action on behalf of those who are suffering.|
Give monthly to help feed hungry children around the world. Become a Child Crisis Partner.