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Feed the Future Legislation Introduced in Congress

Washington, DC, September 19, 2014 – Members of the House and Senate yesterday each introduced legislation to authorize the Feed the Future Initiative. The House’s Feed the Future Global Food Security Act of 2014 and the Senate’s Global Food Security Act of 2014 were introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), respectively. The bills are cosponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). Read more »

Americans Slowly Starting to Climb out of Poverty, According to New Census Data

Washington, DC, September 16, 2014 – Poverty decreased slightly—by 0.5 percent—last year, according to new data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. It is the first time a decrease has been seen since 2006. The bureau announced that 14.5 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2013. Additionally, child poverty declined for the first time since 2000, from 21.8 percent to 19.9 percent. The figures are part of the Bureau’s annual report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013. Read more »

New Hunger Figures Show Millions of Americans Continue to Struggle

Washington, DC, September 3, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food-insecure in 2013. This number is a slight decline since 2011 but remains well above the rates of food insecurity recorded before the recession. The figures are part of the USDA’s annual report, Household Food Security in the United States 2013. Read more »

Bread for the World Participates in Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Washington, DC, August 15, 2014 – Bread for the World is pleased to host Fouzia Dahir from northern Kenya, who is participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. Read more »

Bishop Jose Garcia Joins Bread for the World

Washington, DC, August 14, 2014 – Bread for the World welcomes Bishop Jose Garcia as the new director of church relations. Garcia succeeds Rev. Gary Cook, who retired in February from the position. Read more »

Bread for the World Urges Redoubling of Efforts to End Hunger in Africa

Washington, DC, July 31, 2014 – As Africa's leaders gather for the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit., Aug. 4-6, Bread for the World urges the administration, Congress, and Africa's leaders to redouble their efforts to end hunger around the world. Read more »

Emergency Aid for Unaccompanied Children Should Address Root Causes

Washington, DC, July 31, 2014 – Yesterday a procedural vote of 63-33 in favor of S.2648 brought the bill to the Senate floor for debate. Bread for the World supports S. 2648, as it includes $300 million for the State Department to help address the root causes, such as hunger, poverty, and violence, that are driving these children and their families to flee their countries and make the perilous journey to the United States and other countries in the region. Read more »

House Pulls Perfunctory Legislation for Emergency Aid for Unaccompanied Children from House Floor

Washington, DC, July 31, 2014 – Today, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives postponed a scheduled vote on H.R. 5230, a supplemental funding bill aimed at providing emergency aid for the unaccompanied children crisis. Unlike its Senate counterpart, S.2648, the House bill does little to address the root causes of migration, allocating only $40 million to repatriation efforts, while ignoring other vital programs shown to lessen push factors like hunger, poverty, and violence that force children to flee. Read more »

Bread for the World Disappointed with House Child Tax Credit Bill

Washington, DC, July 25, 2014 – Bread for the World is disappointed with the House’s passage of the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act. The House of Representatives voted 237 to 173 in favor of H.R. 4935 today. It gives wealthier families extended child tax credit (CTC) benefits while cutting the credit for lower-income working families. The bill also requires parents to use a Social Security number rather than an individual taxpayer identification number to claim the credit. Read more »

Bread for the World Urges House to Reject Bill that Threatens to Increase Child Poverty

Washington, DC, July 24, 2014 – Bread for the World urges the House of Representatives to not pass a bill that would increase child poverty. Deemed a “reverse Robin Hood bill,” H.R. 4935 threatens to take child tax credit (CTC) benefits from lower-income working families to give to wealthier families. Read more »

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