Tennessee clergy brought the state legislature 133 baskets of loaves and fishes on Monday.
While the bread was real, the fish were actually made of paper, symbolizing the need for the poor in Tennessee to be taken care of.
They are urging lawmakers and the governor to accept $1.4 billion in Medicaid money to help provide health care and other services for the uninsured.
"Jesus took minimum resources to do maximum good and we're asking them to do the very same thing," said Reverend W. Antoni Sinkfield.
Last month, Governor Bill Haslam rejected a plan to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.
The religious leaders also voiced their opposition to a bill that reduces a family's welfare if their children aren't doing well in school.