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Congress Protects Hunger Programs from Budget Cuts

Religious groups lobbying for hunger programs were pleasantly surprised last week when President Obama signed the agriculture appropriations act. The law unexpectedly protected—and even expanded—programs aimed at reducing hunger both in the United States and around the globe.

Christianity Today on November 22, 2011

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'Super Vigil' Rallies to Suppor the Poor as Federal Budget Cuts Loom

Just hours after Republican and Democratic aides confirmed to CNN that the so-called super committee will likely fail to reach a bipartisan deficit reduction deal, a national prayer vigil was held in Lafayette Park near the White House.

CNN on November 21, 2011

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Christian Group Urges Panel to Help Poor, Needy

A half-dozen concerned citizens huddled in the rain Wednesday on the porch of Marshall House, the Vancouver office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, to show support for federal spending on behalf of the poor and vulnerable worldwide.

The Columbian on November 16, 2011

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Evangelicals and the Case for Foreign Aid

Washington is in an era of budget-cutting, so we frequently hear calls to shrink or eliminate U.S. foreign-assistance programs. In response, several religious groups (including my own) are highlighting how these programs reduce global poverty and hunger, saving millions of lives. But why are evangelical Christians largely absent from this religious coalition?

The Wall Street Journal on November 11, 2011

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Creating a Strong African-American Voice for Africa

A recent doctor's appointment with my 2-year-old son, Emil, got me thinking: What a privilege it is to have access to nutritious food, doctors, and medicine to ensure the good health and well-being of our children. In the United States we often take such "everyday" privileges for granted, but on a trip to Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania last month, I quickly realized that for many people, these privileges are not normal at all.

The Huffington Post on November 5, 2011

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Poverty: Can we cut it in half by 2021?

"The poor you will always have with you," Jesus said. Some of his followers have taken that as a call to do nothing; others, as a call to action.

The latter would include Half in Ten, a campaign to cut poverty by half within a decade. Or, as the movement's website put it, "We can all share in America's prosperity."

The Sun Sentinel on October 28, 2011

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Our Africa: The U.S. Moral Obligation to Address Global Hunger

We’ve heard it said before, “Yes, I know people in poor countries have a lot of needs. But so do many people in this country, and we should take care of them first.” The speakers are rarely people who are unconcerned about poverty and hunger. On the contrary, they are paying attention - and reacting - to the needs they see around them and the more general problems facing Americans. However, they fail to acknowledge that problems overseas also impact us in the United States.

Black Commentator on October 18, 2011

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Celebrating World Food Day: The fight to end hunger

We are in the middle of an international hunger crisis. Sixteen thousand children die each day from hunger-related issues. Of the approximately 7 billion people in our world, 2 billion struggle to survive on less than $1 per day. Yet we have the power in our hands to create change.

LadyLUX on October 16, 2011

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World Food Prize Laureate Decries Cuts in Social Service Programs

A World Food Prize laureate is calling efforts to cut funding to social service programs “wrong and foolish.” Reverend David Beckmann, president of the Bread for the World organization, says proposed cuts in the U.S. House would take away food aid to 14 million people around the world.

Radio Iowa on October 13, 2011

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Congressional spending cuts could void progress on food security

Spending cuts approved by the U.S. House of Representatives threaten to increase the problems of famine in the Horn of Africa and the feeding of hungry people in the United States, speakers at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, said.

Delta Farm Press on October 13, 2011

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Top Lobbyists: Grassroots

Monica Mills, Bread for the World. The group spearheaded a coalition of activists who fasted in protest of GOP-backed cuts to domestic and foreign food aid — budget items that were preserved in the final 2011 spending bill.

The Hill on October 12, 2011

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Our Africa: The U.S. Moral Obligation to Address Global Hunger

Unfortunately, U.S. funding for both longer-term agriculture and nutrition programs and emergency food aid is at risk. The Bible tells us to uplift - not demoralize - the “least of these.” We urge our lawmakers to focus instead on protecting assistance programs for hungry and poor people around the world.

The Black Commentator on October 6, 2011

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High Level Global Attention to Maternal and Child Nutrition

Though there’s been progress, more than 3 million children die needlessly every year due to malnutrition. Better nutrition in the 1,000 days window—between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday—is an achievable, cost-effective way to bring those numbers down and spare survivors lifelong disabilities.

1,000 Days Blog on September 23, 2011

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My Take: Five misconceptions about poverty in America

In the midst of a ballooning deficit, an unbalanced federal budget and the upcoming presidential election, Congress doesn’t need to be worried about poverty in America, right? Wrong.

CNN Belief Blog on September 23, 2011

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Episcopalians advocate to feed the hungry in America and abroad

Diane Riley spends her days advocating for hungry people, recognizing that she could be in their place were she born 25 years later.

Episcopal News Services on September 23, 2011

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Reverend Urges Faithful to Help Feed the Hungry

To the Rev. David Beckmann, the imperative to “feed the hungry” fits as naturally with religious life as breathing.

Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette on September 19, 2011

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One in Four African-American Households Remain Hungry

According to new hunger data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 25.1 percent of African-American households suffered from food insecurity in 2010. Among African-American households with children, the figure is much higher—nearly one in three. These figures remain higher than the general population and more than double those of non-Hispanic white households.

The Sacramento Observer on September 8, 2011

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One in Seven US Households Struggles to Afford Food

More than 17 million American households had trouble affording adequate food in 2010, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Voice of America on September 7, 2011

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Latino kids have greater chance of going hungry in U.S.

Nearly one third of Latino children in the United States live in families that have difficulty feeding them, according to a report released Wednesday by the Bread for the World Institute.

Fox News Latino on September 7, 2011

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Protect Funding For Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs

If Congressman Fred Upton, home for recess, visits Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, he will learn that in June local food pantries served 9,077 people (including 3,891 children), a 12 percent increase over last June.

Kalamazoo Gazette on August 31, 2011

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