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This is an important time to get involved and make your voice heard. Congress and the president are making major decisions that could seriously harm individuals and families living in poverty and at risk of hunger. Bread for the World’s policy agenda focuses on the issues that will put our country and world on track to ending hunger by 2030.
These are some of the issues that Congress or the administration need to address in order to accomplish this goal.
In Congress, political forces are pushing to slash poverty-focused programs. The tight fiscal environment means members of Congress are looking to make cuts wherever they can. Foreign assistance, SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), and other programs that help people struggling with hunger are at serious risk. They don’t have high-powered lobbyists and well-funded campaigns looking out for their interests. Your voice is critical. This is the focus of Bread's 2017 Offering of Letters campaign.
The U.S. government plays a crucial role in the fight to end malnutrition among mothers and children overseas. Our nation’s continued commitment is key to ending this global scourge. Bread for the World wants Congress to increase funding for the nutrition and health of mothers, newborns, and young children. Bread and its partners believe that more funding for nutrition programs is needed in fiscal year 2017. Increasing U.S. investment in global maternal and child nutrition is central to successful development and helps improve the potential of millions of people. This was the focus of Bread's 2016 Offering of Letters Campaign.
There is growing bipartisan momentum for reforming the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems. Formerly incarcerated people are far more likely to face hunger and poverty. Many employers refuse to hire people with criminal records. Laws ban people with various convictions from accessing certain safety-net programs. Without income and without access to federal benefits, returning citizens are vulnerable to hunger and recidivism.
In overseas emergencies, our federal government often sends assistance in the form of food aid. While food is an important tool to saving millions of lives each year, it is time to update the government’s programs in this area to enable them to respond better in a 21st century, globalized world. Reforms to the food-aid programs would allow food aid to benefit tens of millions more people each year—at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.
One of the major reasons people leave their home countries is to escape poverty and improve their livelihoods. While reducing poverty may not be the primary goal of most contemporary immigration policy-reform efforts, it should certainly be one of its clear goals. Undocumented immigrants suffer disproportionately from food insecurity and poverty once they arrive in the United States. Lack of legal status contributes to the economic insecurity and exploitation of undocumented immigrants. It also means that they have limited access to the social safety net in the United States. Many undocumented people, specifically children, only know the U.S. as home. That is why reforming our broken immigration system must include a responsible pathway to earned citizenship.
Bread for the World’s policy agenda focuses on the most timely issues that impact hunger. Use the links below to learn more about how the following issues impact people who experience hunger.
Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.
Even before Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, hunger and food insecurity were much more common among Puerto Ricans than among their fellow U.S. citizens in the 50 states.
Before the hurricanes, 1.5 million Puerto Ricans were food insecure. The child food insecurity rate was...
By Marlysa D. Gamblin and Margot Nitschke
Ending hunger in the United States is within reach, explain Marlysa Gamblin and Margot Nitschke, in Getting to Zero Hunger by 2030...
A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.
Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.
This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-African people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.
Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.
Bruce Puckett urged...
A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.
Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...
Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.