Make ending hunger a priority, Obama administration urged
By Staff Writers on November 8, 2012
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US Christian charity Bread for the World is urging its supporters to write to President Obama asking him to make ending hunger a priority.
"The elections are over. Now, let's work to end hunger: together we can make it happen," declared Alice Walker Duff, Bread for the World's managing director in a letter to key contacts the day after the presidential election (8 November 2012).
More than 120,000 people viewed two videos from the presidential candidates saying what they would do to give opportunity to hungry and poor people, and now "With your help, we raised the issues of hunger and poverty, at home and abroad, in the elections," says Ms Walker Duff.
The charity wants newly re-elected President Obama to set a goal and work with Congress to enact a plan to end hunger.
The next few months are crucial, it notes. The President and Congress must address issues such as the farm bill, expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, and the 2013 federal budget.
There will also be an attempt to agree on an approach to deficit reduction that enables to US to move to a fiscally sustainable future.
Writes the Bread for the World managing director: "In the coming weeks, we will ask you to remind your members of Congress to maintain a circle of protection around programs vital to hungry and poor people. But right now we need you to contact President Obama."
Bread for the World "stands in a long biblical and prophetic tradition of those who speak out boldly in defence of people who are poor, hungry and consigned to misery," says the NGO.