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Beckmann Urges Students to Lobby Congress to End World Hunger

Setting a strong stage for students and Belmont University’s Wealth and Poverty theme, the Rev. David Beckmann spoke on “Ending Hunger Now” during the first chapel of the academic year.

Belmont News on August 31, 2011

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Update on Scaling Up Nutrition and 1000 Days Movement






Recognized globally as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to the eradication fo hunger and actively engaged in the development and roll-out of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, Bread for the World and Concern Worldwide participated in the September 2010 1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future Call to Action event.










Field Exchange on August 31, 2011

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Not Enough to Stem the Tide

ACTEAL, MEXICO -- Thirteen years have passed since the massacre of 45 men, women and children in a Catholic chapel here in December 1997. Their relatives and neighbors scattered, afraid to return home or go to their fields to harvest their coffee crop.

Determination overcame fear, however, and a few years later the farmers founded Maya Vinic -- which means “Mayan man” -- a coffee and honey cooperative that rose from the ashes of tragedy.

On a sunny morning in May, the buzzing of bees rose and fell around the cooperative’s warehouse as farmers arrived in pickup trucks filled with plastic jugs of honey. Cooperative officers weighed the honey, checked the quality and poured it into bright yellow barrels the size of oil drums.

This year, Maya Vinic expects to ship about 14 tons of certified organic, fair-trade honey to Belgium and about 116 tons of organic coffee to buyers in the United States and Switzerland.

National Catholic Reporter on August 23, 2011

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Homeless Shelters Face Sharp Cutbacks

If you happen to be a homeless man on the South Side of Chicago, there are precious few places to go during the day to escape snow or rain or heat—the public library, the train station, and, until recently, Roseland Christian Ministries Center.

"For 20 years, we had a drop-in center," said Joe Huizenga, the ministry's director of development. "It was aimed at men in the Roseland community—homeless folks who have some sort of mental disability, maybe veterans who couldn't find services. Roseland had a high number of homeless and displaced men who had nowhere to go during the day."

Christianity Today on August 22, 2011

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U.S. farmers grow world's first ethanol producing GM corn used to fill gas tanks

U.S. farmers are the first to grow genetically modified corn capable of producing ethanol used to fill vehicle gas tanks.

Daily Mail on August 16, 2011

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U.S. Study: Child Poverty Rate Up 18 Percent

A recently released study that found 1 in 5 children in America live in poverty has Christian advocacy groups urging Congress to not cut financial safety net programs while attempting to reduce the national debt.

The study conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation revealed that the official child poverty rate in the United States increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2009, essentially reversing an upward trend from two decades ago.


Christian Post on August 16, 2011

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Starting a Revolution

We have the potential to start a revolution. We see the strife in the world as generations before ours could not -- whether a terrorist attack, a tsunami or the slow starvation of children, we watch the devastation of such tragedies play-by-play, and it moves us.

But how do we apply our energy to alleviate the suffering of those around us? Especially when we're busier than ever and less able to give of our time to serve these causes at home and around the globe?

Relevant Magazine - Reject Apathy on August 15, 2011

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Resolving the US debt crisis: Christian groups weigh in on solutions

After President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act Aug. 2 to raise the nation's debt ceiling, a collective sigh of tentative relief was immediately followed by plenty of speculation and analysis of what the country should do next.

Catholic News Service on August 11, 2011

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Does Global Battle Against Hunger Have A New Hero?

"Brazil's experience is hugely inspirational to a lot of developing countries that are themselves battling with a lot of issues around food security and hunger," said Asma Lateef, director of the Washington-based anti-hunger Bread for the World Institute. "That it could be done and done so quickly is a wonderful success story and gives hope to a lot of people around the world.

NPR on August 10, 2011

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Christians on both sides of budget battle claim to fight for the poor

After this week’s debt-ceiling deal in Congress, trillions of dollars of spending cuts are on the table. New cuts will sink deep, laying bare the nation’s moral priorities.

The Washington Post on August 4, 2011

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The Moral Default

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. not just to be broken, but corrupt. The American people are disgusted watching politicians play political chicken with the nation's economy and future. In such a bitter and unprincipled atmosphere, whoever has the political clout to enforce their self-interest and retain their privileges wins the battles. But there are two casualties in such political warfare: the common good and the most vulnerable.

Huffington Post on August 3, 2011

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Hungry and Poor People Still at Risk After Debt Deal

 Bread for the World is thankful President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have reached a debt ceiling deal that will prevent default, but cautions there is still work to be done to protect hungry and poor people from potential cuts to discretionary spending.

PR Newswire on August 2, 2011

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Explaining the Debt Ceiling Debate

In an interview with Odyssey Networks, Rev. David Beckmann says, "All of the programs that are focused on poor and hungry people in our country amount to 19 percent of federal spending. All of the programs that help poor and hungry people around the world amount to six-tenths of one percent of federal spending."

Odyssey Networks on July 29, 2011

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Clergy Lobby Obama to Protect the Poor

Clergy who typically try to stay as far away from politics as possible are now doing their best to get involved,one Obama Administration official tells Beltway Buzz.

CBN News Blogs on July 28, 2011

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International food aid advocates worry about spending

International food aid advocates, steamed that congressional debt ceiling talks are overshadowing a looming humanitarian crisis in East Africa, plan to blitz lawmakers with an intense lobbying campaign aimed at changing their focus.

Politico on July 28, 2011

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Religious Leaders Pray For 'Just And Compassionate Budget' (VIDEO)

Every weekday at 12:30 p.m., religious leaders and their followers crowd onto the front lawn of the United Methodist Building near the U.S. Capitol to pray for 'a just and compassionate budget.'


Huff Post Politics on July 27, 2011

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Don't ask the poorest to pay off our debt

My fellow Americans: In a matter of weeks you have become studied on the issues of budgets and deficits. You've also formed opinions on these issues, and these opinions are reflected in poll after poll. Isn't it strange that Congress has yet to listen?

CNN International on July 27, 2011

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Ads by Christian groups pressure lawmakers to protect the poor in debt talks

A new coalition of influential Christian groups is ramping up pressure on President Obama and Congress to shield the poor from spending cuts in the debt-limit struggle, with one organization launching an advertising campaign Tuesday on Christian radio stations in politically important markets.

Washington Post on July 26, 2011

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Circle of Protection

Today, Bread for the World sent out an Action Alert discussing the “Circle of Protection: A Statement on Why We Need to Protect Programs for the Poor” and encouraging supporters to take action to support funding for programs that serve the most vulnerable members of society.

Gather on July 25, 2011

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Obama Meets With Christian Leaders, Commits to Protecting the Poor

President Barack Obama met with Christian leaders Wednesday to talk about the economic crisis and its impact on Christian values and the poor.

Christian Post on July 22, 2011

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