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The Fiscal Cliff: Maintaining a Circle of Protection for Children, Hungry People and the Poor

Now that President Obama and the United States Congress are redirecting their attention to lingering issues, such as expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the importance of getting our nation's fiscal house in order by finding and agreeing to a balanced approach to deficit reduction, I trust there is a spirit of cooperation and commitment to work together to lead our nation to a fiscally sustainable future that is both fair and productive. After all, this is far too important for the sake of our country to proceed in any other way.

The Huffington Post on November 21, 2012

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Report Calls for End to Hunger in a Generation

Bread for the World is urging the United States to take the lead to end world hunger by 2040.

Voice of America on November 20, 2012

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Ending Global Hunger Within Reach, Christian Leaders Say

The 2013 Hunger Report, "Within Reach: Global Development Goals," calls on leaders to make a final push to achieve the MDG on hunger by the target date of 2015 and looks ahead to setting new MDGs in 2015.

Christian Post Politics on November 19, 2012

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Hunger hits Hoosiers harder recently

During the recession, more families have struggled to eat enough.

indystar.com on November 18, 2012

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The Cost of Malnutrition

Malnutrition takes the lives of 300 children every hour. It also robs people of their earning potential and stands in the way of a country's economic development. 

The Huffington Post on November 13, 2012

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United Voice on Poverty

In an extremely polarized political season it was remarkable in mid-September to see the National Association of Evangelicals and the National Council of Churches posting identical information on their websites related to the presidential campaign. I can’t ever remember seeing that before. The issue was poverty and hunger, and each website included a brief video statement from both presidential candidates.

Mennontie World Review on November 12, 2012

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Make ending hunger a priority, Obama administration urged

US Christian charity Bread for the World is urging its supporters to write to President Obama asking him to make ending hunger a priority.

Ekklesia A new way of thinking on November 8, 2012

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What do religious leaders want for Obama’s next four years?

WASHINGTON (RNS) Addressing poverty. Seeking reconciliation. Protecting religious freedom. Religious leaders already have their wish lists ready for President Obama's second term.

Religion News Service on November 6, 2012

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Despierta! Hispanic Evangelicals and Political Ping-Pong

Recently, in an interview, I reiterated what I've been saying for years: Hispanic evangelicals are the quintessential swing voters. If Pew's research is correct, the approximate 7.5 million Latino evangelicals are an electorate that is not easily tied to any political party. Pew says that close to 50 percent of Latino evangelicals plan to vote for President Obama, while 39 percent favor Governor Romney. It is not surprising that in 2004 the Latino evangelical vote was carried by President George W. Bush and in 2008 a majority voted for President Obama.

The Huffington Post on November 5, 2012

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Paul Ryan's policies will hurt poor, not help them

Let’s set aside the lofty rhetoric and consider the facts. Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal slashes food stamps, makes it harder for our elderly to access quality health care and erodes Medicaid. Sixty percent of the budget cuts in Ryan's plan fall on programs that serve people in need, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Hill Congress Blog on November 1, 2012

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Soapbox: War on poverty has become war on poor

The reality and response to poverty has scarcely been addressed in the presidential campaigns. Former Gov. Mitt Romney did make mention of low-income people in the debates but told CNN, “I’m not concernred about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”

Coloradoan on November 1, 2012

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Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families and #talkpoverty

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to speak its name?

The Huffington Post on October 28, 2012

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US Food Movement Seeks Election-Year Vault to Political Force

The U.S. food movement, which groups a kaleidoscope of causes from inner-city gardens to hunger prevention and no-biotech crops, plans to link the farmers market to the ballot box as it challenges large-scale agriculture this year.

Chicago Tribune on October 26, 2012

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Fiscal Action Should Protect Poor

David Beckmann is an optimist, but he is concerned about the farm-bill debate.

Beckmann, a preacher and an economist, heads Bread for the World, an organization that works with faith groups as an advocate on hunger issues.

Iowa Farmer Today on October 24, 2012

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Remittances and Immigration

 In spite of all the discussion and analysis of the sought-after "Latino vote", polls indicate that Latino voters' top concerns match other working and middle-class groups: jobs, economic growth, and health care.

Huffington Post on October 24, 2012

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How Food-Policy Friendly Are Your Politicians?

On National Food Day and prior to an important election, a new organization launched by "healthy food advocates, animal welfare and anti-hunger champions" is making it simple to know exactly how lawmakers stand on food policy.

New Hope 360 on October 24, 2012

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Poverty, Hunger Hitting Latinos

Latinos in the United States are more likely than any other group to battle poverty and hunger, but safety net programs are preventing the outlook from being much worse, said a recently released report.

The Final Call on October 23, 2012

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By urging Congress to create a circle of protection around domestic nutrition programs, foreign assistance antipoverty programs, and food aid programs, we're continuing his legacy and preventing his work from being undone.

The writers organize and coordinate for the organization Bread for the World.



Star Tribune on October 22, 2012

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Congress Wrangles Over Size of Food Program

Proposed cuts to a controversial farm bill sitting in limbo in Washington, D.C., have put government food assistance at risk for thousands of Iowa children.

Des Moines Register on October 21, 2012

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Bread for the World on Elections and Hunger

2010 World Food Prize Laureate Rev. David Beckmann says hunger in America is a key issue that should be addressed in the 2012 election.

AGwired on October 17, 2012

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