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Presidential candidates disappoint ex-laureate

Former World Food Prize laureate David Beckmann said Wednesday he was disappointed that neither President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney discussed world or national hunger problems at their debate Tuesday night

Dan Piller on October 17, 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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World Food Day

Every year around this time, 16 October,  UN World Food Day reminds us to pay attention to the multitude of people who suffer from not having enough to eat. The hunger statistics are overwhelming. According to the World Food Programme 870 million people are hungry – that’s greater than the combined populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union. Every day approximately 16,000 children die because they are too poor to live.

Independent Catholic News on October 16, 2012

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Path to Curbing Global Hunger Hitting Bumps in the Road

Billions of dollars have been invested in a slew of projects to feed a growing global population. And while all signs point to progress being made, there is growing uncertainty over how significant the gains have been and whether the different paths being taken are the fastest way to end global hunger.

Delaware Online on October 13, 2012

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Foreign Aid: Better Evaluation, More Transparency

In the years since 9/11, America's foreign assistance program has played an increasingly important role in our foreign and national security policies. Through our aid and development efforts, we have saved lives, lifted people out of poverty, accelerated economic growth in poor countries and helped stabilize fragile societies.

The Huffington Post on October 9, 2012

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The Campaign's Moral Hole

Does our presidential campaign lack a moral core?

The question arises in the wake of last week’s presidential debate. However you analyze it in electoral terms, the exchange between President Obama and Mitt Romney was most striking as a festival of technocratic mush — dueling studies mashed in with competing statistics. In many ways, the encounter offered voters the worst of all worlds: a great deal of indecipherable wonkery and remarkably little clarity about where each would lead the country.

The Washington Post on October 8, 2012

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Remember the Hungry this Election

We have heard the presidential candidates talk a lot about healthcare, defense spending and taxes. While all of these are important issues and on the minds of many citizens, both candidates have been surprisingly mute on helping the most vulnerable people in our society: those who suffer from hunger and poverty.

The Hill on October 2, 2012

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The New Values Voters: The Economy

While helping the poor and the economically disadvantaged has long been a core value for many Americans and their faith communities, some might question whether their concern would persist in unstable economic times—many families, after all, are just trying to stay afloat. Yet recent surges in activism and advocacy indicate that sensitivity to the plight of the less privileged is actually increasing—especially within many faith communities—and is playing an active role in the 2012 campaign.

Center for American Progress on October 1, 2012

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Candidates Speak Out—Finally

It is an ongoing criticism this election season that the problem of poverty in the United States is not being addressed by either campaign. The Circle of Protection—an ad hoc coalition of religious groups organized to protect antipoverty programs—prodded the presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to speak to the issue. On Sept. 12 both candidates did so in video presentations released along with the Census Bureau’s annual report on U.S. poverty.

America Magazine on October 1, 2012

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A Plea to Prioritize Poverty Before and After the Election

Earlier this month, President Obama and Mitt Romney took a moment to directly address the high poverty rate in this country. In response to a request from my organization, Bread for the World, and other church groups, the presidential candidates released video statements in which each talked about how he would help hungry and poor people. They clearly have different priorities when it comes to spending and taxes, but both explicitly affirmed the general principle of maintaining a circle of protection around funding that serves the most vulnerable people.

National Journal on September 28, 2012

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A Plea to Prioritize Poverty Before and After the Election

Earlier this month, President Obama and Mitt Romney took a moment to directly address the high poverty rate in this country. In response to a request from my organization, Bread for the World, and other church groups, the presidential candidates released video statements in which each talked about how he would help hungry and poor people. They clearly have different priorities when it comes to spending and taxes, but both explicitly affirmed the general principle of maintaining a circle of protection around funding that serves the most vulnerable people.

National Journal on September 28, 2012

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Obama and Romney Give Assurances to Protect Poor and Vulnerable

The 2012 presidential campaign has not focused much on solutions for hunger and poverty in the United States, despite the fact that is widespread. The U.S. Bureau of Census announced Sept. 12 that the official poverty rate in 2011 was 15 percent, or 46.2 million people. Although poverty had been increasing for three consecutive years, these figures are not statistically different from the 2010 estimates.

The Epoch Times on September 22, 2012

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Study Shows Latinos Hit Hardest by Hunger and Poverty

Bread for the World today released its annual analysis of hunger and poverty in the Latino community. The analysis shows Hispanic families are more likely to suffer from hunger and poverty than any other group.

Hispanically Speaking News on September 22, 2012

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Immigration Slows, Lowers Proportion of Latin Americans in U.S.

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Latin American Herald Tribune on September 21, 2012

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Bread for the World Ad Urges African-Americans to Support Policies for Ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa

A new ad campaign is urging African Americans to support programs that help African nations lead more prosperous, stable, and healthy lives.

Afro on September 21, 2012

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Latino Population Suffers Most from Hunger in Current Economy

One of the groups that are in major play for the 2012 election is the Latin population.  Barack Obama’s campaign has acted very confident he will get their vote in 2012, but Mitt Romney also has them on his radar screen. In light of a new study, Hispanics have considerable reason to “think twice” in their voting.

US Daily Review on September 21, 2012

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The Ethical Opportunity of a Video

The recently revealed video of Governor Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far. There is certainly politics here, some necessary factual corrections, and some very deep ironies. But underneath it all is a fundamental question of what our spiritual obligations to one another and, for me, what Jesus' ethic of how to treat our neighbors means for the common good.

The Huffington Post on September 19, 2012

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Circle of Protection Gets Results

The Circle of Protection formed about a year ago to ensure the most vulnerable were protected from budget cuts. The Circle met with President Barak Obama and the top staff for Speaker John Boehner. When the Budget Control Act passed, key programs were indeed protected from cuts.

Disciples News Service on September 18, 2012

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Obama, Romney Address Poverty in New Videos

Political leaders need to make poverty a priority, a group of Christian political leaders urged Wednesday. On the day that the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual figures on poverty, Circle of Protection announced the release of videos by both of the major parties' presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, addressing poverty.

The Christian Post on September 13, 2012

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What’s in a Lame Duck?

As election season progresses, you are sure to hear more about the lame duck session in Congress. You may be wondering what it all means and why it is relevant to you. 

The Washington Informer on September 10, 2012

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