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At the beginning of every year, we traditionally look back at the previous year to see what we’ve accomplished. In 2015, the advocacy of Bread and its members resulted in some huge legislative victories for people who live in hunger and poverty. Bread is continuing its winning streak since 2014 and before. Here are the five biggest legislative wins of 2015 with two other successes that Bread is celebrating:
Congress passed a tax deal that made permanent the 2009 improvements to the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the child tax credit (CTC). This is a victory for low-income workers and will prevent 16 million people - including 8 million children - from falling into or deeper into poverty. Bread has been working on making these improvements permanent for the past six years, and they have been a focus of two Offering of Letters campaigns.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act was extended for 10 more years. Its reauthorization gives more incentives for businesses to invest and stimulates export-led economic growth in the nearly 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa that participate in the program. It also expands U.S. technical assistance specifically aimed at businesses that engage women and smallholder farmers.
Bread for the World, as part of the Circle of Protection, secured short videos from ten of the presidential candidates in which they speak about hunger and poverty. While these issues have not been central tenets of any of their campaigns, the fact that nearly all of the candidates have made at least one statement about hunger and poverty is unprecedented and shows more direct attention paid to poverty by presidential hopefuls than the country has seen in several decades. Bread’s goal is that the next president will make hunger, poverty, and opportunity a priority, and that Congress and the president together will put the country on track to end hunger in the U.S. and worldwide by 2030.
Bread celebrated this enormous milestone in 2015 — the adoption of a new set of goals that succeed the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) take effect in 2016. With the SDGs, the leaders of the world are committing themselves to freeing the world of hunger and poverty, reducing inequality, and improving health in all countries. In its 2014 Hunger Report, Bread for the World Institute called for ending hunger by 2030 to be its own, separate goal in the SDGs and for the new goals to apply to all countries (including the U.S.). Bread is pleased that both of these principles were implemented in the new set of goals.
Indigenous communities have some of the highest hunger rates in the United States. As a group, one in four Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are food insecure, defined as not having regular, reliable access to the foods needed for good health.
While hunger declined from 2017 for the general U.S. population, African Americans experienced a one percent increase, an increase of 153,000 African American households. This fact sheet explores the issue in depth.
Better nutrition is a necessary component of a country’s capacity to achieve development goals such as economic growth and improved public health.
Dear Members of Congress,
As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...
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.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.
These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C.