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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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November 2013 e-Newsletter

During the upheavals over the budget in recent years, Bread for the World and our partners have been successful in maintaining funding for U.S. programs that help hungry and poor people around the world. We have driven a major U.S. initiative focused specifically on hunger, and we have helped to improve the quality of U.S. foreign assistance. Bread will continue to advocate for the protection of programs that provide lifesaving food aid, help thousands of farmers learn increase their yields and incomes, and educate children.

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October 2013 e-Newsletter

Coverage of the government shutdown is dominating the news right now, but, as budget fights go, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. With the federal government closed for business and the country on the edge of yet another fiscal cliff, here is what anti-hunger advocates need to know about current, and upcoming, budget fights on Capitol Hill.

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September 2013 Newsletter

Bread for the World’s presidential petition, which asks President Barack Obama to work with Congress on a plan to end hunger, is gaining traction. In early August, a team of Bread for the World staffers personally delivered a batch of petition signatures — more than 30,000 — to the White House.

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August 2013 e-Newsletter

As we enter into a new season of debate over the budget, I am distressed by the cynicism about government that has spread through the American people. Recent polls indicate that the approval rate for Congress has fallen to 10 percent, the lowest ever. Much of this comes from seemingly pervasive bickering and dysfunction.

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May 2013 Newsletter

By her second birthday, a healthy toddler is talking, walking, and steadily moving toward a life of opportunity. Parents around the world marvel at the phenomenal progress that their child makes from the moment that the mother discovers that she is pregnant to that special birthday one thousand days later.

Nearly one thousand days ago a global initiative to improve maternal and child nutrition was born. As Bread for the World prepares for our 2013 National Gathering—a biennial convergence of grassroots anti-hunger advocates—Bread for the World Institute is celebrating, taking stock of, and looking at next steps for the 1,000 Days Partnership and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.

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July 2013 Newsletter

A few days ago, Rev. Noel Castellanos prayed, "God, when you grip our hearts we are turned toward our brothers and sisters on the margins of society." Rev. Castellanos, chief executive officer of the Christian Community Development Association, offered this invocation as we and our colleagues in the Evangelical Immigration Table gathered for a vigil in the Capitol just before the Senate began voting on the comprehensive immigration bill.

Thanks be to God, our prayers—and your advocacy—worked. The Senate passed its version of the comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 28 with a vote of 68 to 32. Now we turn to the House of Representatives to see what action it will take. We anticipate a more partisan approach in the House. So we pray that God will grip the hearts of our representatives and bring both parties together to pass immigration reform legislation that will benefit struggling families in our nation.

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April 2013 e-Newsletter

As you prepare your taxes, take some time to reflect on where your dollars are going. Many of those dollars go to pay for the infrastructure that holds us together as a nation. Very few go toward helping people in dire need. But those few dollars may hold the most value. Imagine what one dollar’s worth of food means to a senior citizen with an empty cupboard. Think of what a healthy breakfast means to a fifth-grader who would otherwise have to learn arithmetic on an empty stomach.

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September - October 2012 Newsletter

This fall, voters face important questions about the kind of nation we want the United States to be. One of the blessings of this year’s general election is that federal budget issues are in the spotlight more than ever, creating greater opportunities for a national conversation about what it will take to end hunger and poverty. This election provides each of us with a calling to speak out about the importance of funding vital food assistance and poverty programs.

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December 2012 e-Newsletter

The people have spoken, and we have elected our leader for the next four years. But as President Barack Obama sets his priorities for his second term, we need to remind him of his election promise to offer help and opportunity to the 22 percent of American children who live in poverty and the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who lack basic necessities.

As scripture encourages us (1 Timothy 2:1-2*), please join us in prayer for our leader, especially during this season of Advent. President Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21 provides an occasion to articulate another prayer, one modeled after David’s supplication for Solomon. Psalm 72, the "Coronation Psalm," provides guidance for our leader, asking that he "defend the cause of the poor of the people [and] give deliverance to the needy."

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January - February 2013 Newsletter

Resilience and innovation. These two words perhaps best describe the work of Bread for the World over the past three years. December 2012 marked the completion of Bread’s most recent three-year plan, our fifth such plan since we started the practice in 1998. The completion of the plan presents an opportunity to look back on what we have accomplished and gird ourselves for the challenges ahead.

From 2010-2012, Bread for the World met or surpassed most of its benchmarks, as evidenced by its annual organization-wide evaluation. The assessment, which is handled by the Institute, was developed in 2007 with the help of the Center for Nonprofit Strategies. It is based on how Bread for the World and its affiliates impact the lives of hungry and poor people at home and abroad.

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March 2013 Newsletter

The 2013 Offering of Letters, "A Place at the Table" shares its theme with a major new documentary about hunger in America, also titled A Place at the Table. Both urge our national leaders to look around the figurative table and see who’s missing.

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February 2013 e-Newsletter

On March 1, 2013, Bread for the World will be setting places at two tables.

One is "A Place at the Table: Bread for the World’s 2013 Offering of Letters."

The other is a new feature-length documentary, A Place at the Table, which shows the persistence of hunger in the United States.

Together, the two "Tables" represent a united effort to end hunger by raising awareness and advocating for policy changes. By coordinating our Offering and Letters with the social action campaign of the movie, Bread for the World will be promoting a national dialogue about how to best secure the leadership, commitment, and unity to end hunger in our country and abroad.

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July - August 2012 Newsletter

In the last six months, Bread for the World members, staff, and people of faith have successfully prevented massive budget cuts to programs vital to hungry and poor people. "We created a circle of protection around these programs and now we must maintain these protections especially as the 112th Congress winds up its lame duck session in the fall," said Rev. David Beckmann, Bread’s president.

Phone calls, personal visits, numerous Offerings of Letters, and personal emails have consistently told members of Congress that they should not balance the budget on the backs of hungry and poor people.

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November - December 2012 Newsletter

In a few weeks, the journey of the Magi will end when they find Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem. Like the Magi, we have traveled for many days in our quest to eliminate hunger in our world. Throughout our trek, we have stayed focused on our guiding star — Jesus' charge that we take care of "the least of these."

Since June, my last report to you, we have continued to forestall major cuts to programs that protect hungry and poor people. We continue to press on with our 2012 Offering of Letters campaign, "Expanding the Circle of Protection," despite the political polarization in an election year.

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January 2011

In December, Congress extended the EITC and Child Tax Credit for low-income families and passed strong child nutrition legislation – policies that will keep millions of Americans out of poverty in 2011.

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