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Bread for the World Applauds Extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Bread for the World is pleased that Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which extends unemployment insurance benefits and the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012. Without the extension, nearly 4.5 million unemployed workers would have lost benefits before the end of the year.

Yahoo! News on February 17, 2012

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Finding our Political Will to End Hunger

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all talked about poverty--which was very unusual, as political leaders of both parties generally avoid talking about poor people.

Huffington Post - Religion on February 15, 2012

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President Obama's Budget Outlines Continued Commitment to Hunger

Bread for the World is pleased that President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal presents a fairly balanced approach to deficit reduction. The budget also protects important programs for hungry and poor people, creates jobs, and promotes economic mobility.

Digital Journal on February 13, 2012

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We can reap dividends from what we grow here

Without a doubt, Indianapolis has seen significant progress in building and supporting a local food community over the past three years. We have new farmers markets; our first food co-op; more locally owned restaurants are buying from urban and regional farms; several successful for-profit and nonprofit urban farms have taken root; a robust food truck scene has rolled out; EBT and vegetable vouchers are increasingly available at farmers market; and we're gleefully drowning in Indianapolis-brewed beers. We should celebrate what we have gained, and let it inspire us to do more.

Indystar on February 5, 2012

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Food Stamps: An Economic Safety Net

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut held a press conference today to discuss the important role that SNAP (Supplemental Nutritiona Assistance Program, or food stamps) plays in forming an economic safety net. Elise Gould from the Economic Policy Institute, Donna Cooper of the Center for American Progress, David Beckmann of Bread for the World, and Tara Marks of Just Harvest contributed their expertise on the economic, political, and social dimensions of SNAP.

New America Foundation on February 2, 2012

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Ending hunger in 5 years ‘doable’

Ending hunger in five years is ‘doable,’ says the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, an international hunger-relief organization.

United Methodist Church on February 2, 2012

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Anti-Poverty Programs Remain Likely Targets in 2012

Several legislative challenges to crucial domestic and international anti-poverty programs were turned back in 2011, but the same programs will probably require defending again in 2012. That is the word from Bread for the World’s president, the Rev. David Beckmann, as his anti-hunger organization launched its annual congressional lobbying campaign, called Offering of Letters, on Jan. 17.

America Magazine on January 30, 2012

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Bread for the World Calls for Continued Protection of Anti-Poverty Programs

Bread for the World affirms President Barack Obama's emphasis on supporting programs that assist and create opportunities for all low-income families, as he expressed during his State of the Union address tonight.

CNBC on January 24, 2012

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Bread for the World launches annual letters campaign

Bread for the World on Jan. 17 launched its 2012 Offering of Letters campaign to urge Congress to create a circle of protection around programs vital to hungry and poor people during this election year.

January 20, 2012

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Ag Policy Outlook

The potential sunset of direct payments could bring a new dawn in farm programs this year. At the same time, lawmakers and the Obama administration are going to have to overcome the politics of a presidential election year to re-examine or renew the Bush-era tax cuts now scheduled to sunset at the end of the year.

RFD-TV on January 19, 2012

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Churches Form Circle of Protection Around Hungry People

We got through 2011 without major cuts in national programs focused on hungry and poor people. Powerful political forces made a major push to cut these programs in the name of deficit reduction, but church leaders and faith groups rallied to form a circle of protection around hungry and poor people.

The Huffington Post on January 18, 2012

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New report connects farmers, the hungry

Strengthening the connection between U.S. farmers and the need for more nutritious food is the focus of Bread for the World’s 2012 Hunger Report, “Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies.”

United Methodist News Service on January 5, 2012

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Sowing Seeds of Hope as Famine Fight Goes Global

Looking back on the extraordinary events of 2011, it's difficult to recall a more precarious time for the world's poorest people, but it's important also to acknowledge that great progress was made this year in galvanising international political will towards the elimination of global hunger.

Irish Independent on December 29, 2011

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Food Gifts that Matter

My column today offers suggestions for gifts for non-cooks. Obviously, cooking is not the only issue out there, and direct contact with friends is not the only way to change things in the food world: there is cash. There are countless worthy causes and just as many charitable institutions. If finding the cash to spare is difficult so, too, may be choosing where it will be put to best use. But if you’re thinking about making a donation this year to brighten the national or global food landscape, here’s a list of organizations where your gifts will be well spent. (No doubt there are equally worthy omissions; please add them in the comments section.)

The New York Times on December 21, 2011

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Charities that Get Top Ratings

Individual evaluators may not agree on exactly how to assess the performance of charities, but here are some charities that get top ratings from at least two organizations.

Chicago Tribune on December 21, 2011

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Government Needs to Tax Fairly, Help Needy

I was sorry to read in Rep. Reid Ribble's Dec. 1 commentary his implication that the only taxes that deserved to be pursued were those for liberty or freedom. He referred to the presidencies of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt and the wars fought under their leadership.

Appleton Post Crescent on December 17, 2011

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Feeding the Hungry

The Rev. David Beckmann, the president of Bread for the World, discusses the plight of hungry people in the United States and abroad, and how his organization works to lobby Congress to maintain financial support for those less fortunate. He also explains how government support is essential to fighting hunger—charities alone are not sufficient—and how U.S. aid for the poor has had a real impact during these difficult economic times.

America Magazine on December 15, 2011

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Bread for the World Member Continues to Speak Out

No family ould have to put their children to bed hungry in our country.

While one person cannot end hunger, one person truly can make a difference. Just ask Leota Ester, who for the last 30 or so years has been involved with the nonprofit Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice that urges the nation's decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Oskkosh Hub on December 10, 2011

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Creating a Strong African-American Voice for Africa

Each year at this time, we have a chance to reflect on what we've accomplished over the past 112 monts and what we hope to acconmplish in the coming year.

The Washington Informer on December 9, 2011

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Finding Our Voices in a Crisis

Many of you probably ate breakfast this morning. If you didn't, chances are it was by choice. But imagine that you live in Somalia, a region plagued by civil war, famine, and chronic malnutrition. Breakfast probably wasn't an option for you and your family as you walked hundreds of miles to a refugee camp in Kenya or Ethiopia, hoping for some aid and relief—along with millions of others in the same predicament.

The Washington Informer on December 9, 2011

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