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1 in 5 Americans worried in 2012 about source of next meal

Some 17.6 million U.S. households had trouble feeding their family members at times last year as “food insecurity” remained at near-record levels for the fifth straight year, according to a government report released last week.

StarTribune on September 8, 2013

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Food stamps working

We would like to address misinformation concerning food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), in the editorial “Food stamps: Chew on this” (Aug. 21 and TribLIVE.com).

TribLIVE on September 5, 2013

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David Beckmann to give two free lectures in St. Louis

A leading anti-hunger advocate is coming to St. Louis to give two free lectures.

5KSDK.com on September 3, 2013

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Development Assistance: Where Does It Lead?

This is the seventh essay in the Bread For the World compilation on Development Assistance, which I have been highlighting for the past seven week. You may read all 7Development Works essays in a wonderful PDF that is available by clicking the link in this sentence.

Hopeful on September 1, 2013

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Dr. King Would Criticize Obama

As America commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom I am compelled to ask the following question: Would Dr. King be invited to speak at upcoming events to commemorate the March?

Afro on August 28, 2013

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Growing in faith

Church gardens produce a bounty of vegetables for the Fox Valley’s needy, but it’s not just seeds and sunlight producing vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh green beans every growing season. 

postcrescent.com on August 16, 2013

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Federal Cuts Would Impact Local Families

U.S. House Republicans are proposing to cut a crucial program that helps hundreds of families in East Boston buy food and fend off hunger throughout the year.

East Boston Times-Free Press on August 14, 2013

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Leave It to the Churches

Aug. 18 is the annual “Works Sunday,” when the faith communities of Reston and Herndon join together to “make a difference for good.” 

The Connection Newspapers on August 13, 2013

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Essay 4: Farmers: The Key to Ending Global Hunger

The fourth essay in the Bread for the World series, called Development Works, is all about farmers solving problems. 

Hopeful on August 11, 2013

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Helping the Poor Is No Longer a Priority for Today’s Nonprofits

In the last decade or so, nonprofits have stopped caring about the plight of the poor.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy on August 7, 2013

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Congress: Restore the Circle of Protection and Your Reputations

As we enter into a new season of debate over the budget, I am distressed by the cynicism about government that has spread through the American people.

The Huffington Post on August 7, 2013

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Poverty in America: it's us, not them

What does a poor person look like? When you picture someone who lives in poverty, do you see someone with white skin or black, someone who lives in the city or the country, a native English speaker or someone who struggles with the language?

St. Louis Post-Dispatch on August 7, 2013

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GOP Doubles Down on SNAP Cuts

Advocacy groups pledge to fight for hungry Americans as Republicans propose slashing $40 billion from nutrition assistance.

TakePart on August 7, 2013

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Republicans Eye Splitting Farms, Food Stamps for Measure

Republican leaders in the U.S. House are exploring divorcing farm subsidies from food stamps to revive an agriculture bill, breaking up a political alliance that for decades expanded spending on farmers and hungry families.

Bloomberg on July 28, 2013

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Circle of Protection: Now More Than Ever

Yesterday at The Hill, Kathy Saile of the USCCB and Galen Carey of the National Association of Evangelicals published an op-ed calling for a renewed "Circle of Protection" around anti-poverty programs as Congress considers a host of budget issues.

National Catholic Reporter on July 23, 2013

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House abandonment of nutrition items in farm bill called 'misguided'

As Congress lurches toward its summer recess, inside and outside the corridors of Congress, people have been asking, "What in Sam Hill is going on with the House on the farm bill?"

National Catholic Reporter on July 22, 2013

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Reweaving the circle of protection

It’s been more than 140 days since sequestration went into effect, cutting $84 billion across the board from government programs this year. It may be difficult to comprehend the effects of that number. However, it is not difficult to comprehend that a child who is undernourished this year could have learning difficulties for the rest of her life—which will hurt her ability to earn enough money to provide for herself and her future children

The Hill on July 21, 2013

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House and Senate Farm Bills Set to Reform International Food Aid

The House of Representatives has voted 216-208 to approve its version of a farm bill, allowing both chambers of Congress to begin talks on a final version for the first time in a year. That could mean big changes to international food aid funding if a new farm bill gets approved later this summer.

Christianity Today on July 11, 2013

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Food stamps work, so why are we cutting them?

Can I tell you a real success story? One we should all be proud of? Great, here goes: The program formerly known as food stamps has kept hunger from exploding along with the number of Americans living in poverty.

The Washington Post on July 11, 2013

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House GOP passes stripped-down farm bill

The farm bill is supposed to be one of the year's easiest pieces of legislation, which is why the House Republicans' difficulties in getting this done has become so terribly embarrassing.

The Maddow Blog MSNBC on July 11, 2013

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