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July 2015 e-Newsletter

The world’s most-industrialized nations have committed to move 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The pledge came at the end of the annual G-7 meeting, which took place in Germany June 7 to 8. Bread applauds this development, which is yet another step in the snowballing movement toward ending hunger and poverty over the next 15 years. Leaders across the world in all quarters, from governments to religions to international development institutions, have been rallying around the 2030 goal in recent months. Bread has been a major leader in the Christian community in the U.S. in moving denominations, church groups, and its members toward this goal. Bread is pleased to see the goal adopted by heads of state as the highest levels of national governments and international bodies like the G-7 and the United Nations see ending chronic hunger and poverty as possible.

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June 2015 e-Newsletter

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., hosted the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty May 11 to 13. It was yet another way that the national conversation on poverty in the U.S. is gaining momentum and involving the highest echelons of power. President Barack Obama took part in the summit as a panelist on May 12. The event also demonstrates the increasing influence of the nation’s faith community in raising the issues of poverty and hunger and pushing federal decision makers to discuss them.

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May 2015 e-Newsletter

The momentum toward ending global hunger and poverty accelerated recently as a major international development institution committed itself to this goal. More than 30 leaders of faith-based organizations, including Bread for the World, are partnering with the World Bank in a renewed commitment to ending extreme poverty by 2030. This work builds on progress that has already been made against poverty. Since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty (on $1.25 a day) has been halved to less than one billion.

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April 2015 e-Newsletter

The theme of redemption is prominent in Christianity. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells his disciples that when they are compassionate and help people, it is as if they are doing that to Jesus himself. He names specific groups who deserve our compassion—people who are hungry and thirsty, strangers, people lacking clothing, the ill, and people in prison.

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March 2015 e-Newsletter

Bread for the World believes that prayer is foundational to achieving its goal of helping to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030. The Bible provides numerous examples of men and women like Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel, and prophets, who prayed intensely prior to engaging in the ministry of the word, acts of prophetic justice, advocacy, or service. Jesus, our ultimate advocate and example of spiritual discipline, prayed and fasted for 40 days prior to his earthly ministry.

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February 2015 e-Newsletter

Jeb, Hillary, Marco, Rand, and others: Bread for the World wants to know: As a presidential candidate, what would be your plan to end hunger? Bread is a member of the Circle of Protection, a coalition composed of more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations. A group of 100 Christian leaders from the member institutions of the Circle of Protection, including Rev. David Beckmann, Bread’s president, is challenging the candidates who enter the race for president to appear on camera in a video stating how they propose to provide help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.

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January 2015 e-Newsletter

A new year has arrived, and there’s a new Congress to work with. But before our 2015 work together begins, let’s take one last look back at 2014. We had to wait until now to tell you everything and to fully celebrate our victories because there was a flurry of activity in Congress in its final days in session in December. In all, it was a banner year for Bread.

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December 2014 e-Newsletter

Last month’s midterm elections changed the face of Congress. Starting in January, when the new Congress is seated, the Republican Party will be in control of both chambers. With the executive branch still under control of the Democrats, the country will have a definitively divided government. The country can expect continued gridlock and partisan conflict, as we have already seen. This will probably intensify as the 2016 presidential election gets closer.

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November 2014 e-Newsletter

This year has not been productive for Congress. It has passed few bills, and little bipartisan work has occurred. Nevertheless, it has been a fruitful year for Bread for the World, which has found ways to move important policy changes forward, despite the gridlock on Capitol Hill. Bread’s goal remains to get the U.S. government to make hunger and poverty a priority by 2017–a key step toward ending hunger in our country and worldwide by 2030.

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October 2014 e-Newsletter

In September, the U.S. government released figures for both hunger and poverty for the nation. Annual figures look at the previous year, and statistics showed that for 2013, there was a slight decrease in both hunger and poverty. However, Bread believes that too many Americans are still living in these conditions.

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September 2014 e-Newsletter

I am inspired by you and other Bread for the World members. You are persistent in prayer, advocacy, and generosity. You do your homework on complicated issues. Again and again, you win far-reaching changes for people who struggle with hunger. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, we are also gearing up for the biggest campaign in our history: Bread Rising. Simply put, Bread Rising is our campaign to end hunger by 2030 – 16 years from now.

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August 2014 e-Newsletter

Early this year, Congress finally agreed on a budget/appropriations package and passed the long-debated farm bill. Both of these major pieces of legislation included cuts to anti-poverty programs, but total cuts to federal anti-poverty programs since 2011 have come to less than three percent of what the House of Representatives has been seeking. Funding for poverty-focused international development assistance has actually increased over the last several years.

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July 2014 e-Newsletter

Bread for the World is gearing up to test its elections strategy for the mid-term congressional elections in November 2014. Bread’s strategy will be tested in the 10th District of Virginia, one of the prime battlegrounds in this year’s campaign. "Voting is a sacred obligation,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Giving time and money to candidates who have demonstrated their commitment to reducing mass hunger and poverty is an integral part of good stewardship."

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June 2014 e-Newsletter

The U.S. government has been making significant progress on the nutrition front in the fight against hunger in the last few months. Bread has been involved in these positive developments.

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May 2014 e-Newsletter

In April, the House passed a Coast Guard reauthorization bill that includes a provision that could drastically reduce the number of hungry people that U.S. food aid can reach. The provision would significantly increase cargo-preference restrictions, rules requiring that a certain percentage of all cargo funded by the United States–including food-aid products–must be transported on American ships with American crews. The reauthorization bill would require 75 percent of all U.S. food aid to be shipped on U.S. vessels. The resulting increase in shipping costs would reduce funding for programs that help support U.S. humanitarian efforts.

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April 2014 e-Newsletter

Bread for the World is deeply disappointed in the fiscal year 2015 House budget proposal. Released April 1 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, the proposal calls for deep cuts to programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.

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March 2014 e-Newsletter

Now that President Barack Obama has submitted his proposed FY 2015 budget, it is worth reviewing the annual budget process – and why it is such a crucial part of Bread’s advocacy work. This article has two web-only bonuses not included in the print edition: a timeline of the budget process and a list of what’s in the “basket” of poverty-focused development assistance (PFDA).

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February 2014 e-Newsletter

As we set out on another year of advocacy, here is an overview of what you, our members, can expect in our work together. It will be a busy year of several campaigns and issue themes—some familiar, some new—running at various times and sometimes simultaneously.

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January 2014 e-Newsletter

The devastation wrought by major international disasters in recent years, such as last year’s typhoon in the Philippines, 2010’s massive earthquake in Haiti, and the ongoing crisis in Syria, shows how valuable U.S. food aid is in addressing humanitarian emergencies around the world. These crises also show that, despite the successes of U.S. food aid, reforms are needed to the programs that provide it. Reforming U.S. food aid is the focus of Bread for the World’s 2014 Offering of Letters.

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December 2013 e-Newsletter

I invite you to join Bread for the World and our partners in the Circle of Protection in supporting Caritas Internationalis’ new campaign to end hunger, which is endorsed by Pope Francis. They are calling for people to pray at noon on Dec. 10 in each time zone, starting in Samoa and proceeding west in a “wave of prayer” as the day goes on.

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