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March 2011: Why we need U.S. foreign assistance

Foreign assistance makes up less than 1 percent of the United States budget. Yet Congress is looking to cut it at a time of rising food prices and unrest in countries that depend on food aid.

Why do we need foreign assistance and food aid? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently said food aid cuts will adversely affect U.S. national security and will damage U.S. leadership around the world. This month we discuss the issue with Mannik Sakayan, Bread for the World's senior policy analyst.

Music this month is by Soul Surprise.

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February 2011: Bread's 2011 Offering of Letters

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter? Here at Bread we just launched our 2011 Offering of Letters campaign, which gives you an opportunity to write letters on behalf of poor and hungry people.

But how do you go about writing these letters? On this month's podcast, Mandy Wrinkle and Marco Grimaldo, Bread's organizers for the Mid-Atlantic and Central Southern states, discuss their work in putting together Offering of Letters workshops. Molly Marsh, Bread's managing editor, talks about some of the stories she wrote for the Offering of Letters handbook. And then Monica Mills, Bread's government relations director, gives us a legislative update.

Finally, don't miss hearing instrumental music by Nine Inch Nails.

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January 2011: The Link Between Migration and Poverty

There's a strong link between migration and poverty, as we learn during an interview with Andrew Wainer, Bread's immigration policy analyst, and a talk with Susan Bird of the Ford Foundation in Mexico.

"What we see more and more is this: the rite of passage, this idea that young people specifically can no longer make it in their communities. And so they kind of wait for the day they can leave." -Susan Bird, Ford Foundation

This month's legislative update by Jim McDonald, Bread's managing director, recaps all that happened during the not-so-lame-duck Congressional session and looks forward to all that we can expect in 2011.

Finally, don't miss the song "Can You Hear Me?" by Kevin Driscoll, a Baltimore-Washington area musician known for his musical experience, enthusiasm on stage, and love of blues, rock and roots music.

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December 2010: Rebuilding Lives with Leftover Food

About twenty years ago, Robert Egger had to be dragged to his first volunteer experience serving food to poor people. Now he runs DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit that turns leftover food into meals for at-risk people, and provides job training and employment for people overcoming homelessness, addiction, and incarceration.

There's food being thrown away but we shouldn't waste people either. Food, money, future, love, potential - those are the things that are really invaluable.
-Robert Egger, Founder and President, DC Central Kitchen

Robert talks with Bread for the World about the "calculated epiphany," the power of consumers, and why he wants to put a food cart in front of the World Bank's headquarters in Washington, DC.

Then Kristen Youngblood, Bread's associate press secretary, talks about what Bread President David Beckmann has been up to lately. (Hint: It's related to his new book "Exodus from Hunger".)

Finally, don't miss singing along to Future of Forestry's version of "Angels We Have Heard on High" from their just-released album Advent Christmas EP, Vol. 2.

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November 2010: The Elections and Bread's Hunger Report

On this month's Breadcast, Monica Mills, Bread's government relations director, discusses the U.S. midterm election results in her Legislative Minute. "The issues that we work on really have no party," says Mills.

Next, learn about Bread's new Hunger Report (out on Nov. 22) during a Q&A with its senior editor, Todd Post.

And in our Breadcast Interview, we talk with an environmentalist working to reforest Haiti: Timote Georges, Haiti program coordinator for Trees for the Future.

Finally, don't miss hearing Andrew McKnight's song "Good Things Matter," a winner in the Great American Song Contest.

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