Conduct an Offering of Letters: Reform U.S. Food Aid
The United States is a leader in providing life-saving assistance overseas in the form of food aid in times of disaster and in long-term economic development. There is an opportunity in 2014 to reform the federal government's food-aid programs so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently.
This year's Offering of Letters, "Reforming U.S. Food Aid," invites you to urge Congress to make changes that would allow food aid to benefit up to 17 million more people each year — at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.
Join us by conducting an Offering of Letters with your congregation, on your campus, or with one of the groups with which you participate. We can provide you with the resources you need to successfully organize an Offering of Letters and engage your members of Congress.
Save the Date: Bread for the World's 2014 Gathering and 40th Anniversary Dinner
Bread for the World will be holding its annual National Gathering June 9 to 10, 2014, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. A dinner to celebrate Bread's 40th anniversary will take place during the gathering, on the evening of June 9. Lobby Day will follow on June 10. A video on Bread's early days will be shown. Registration and more details will be available soon. Please plan now to join us in June!
Attend The Justice Conference
For the past three years, Bread for the World has been a sponsor of The Justice Conference, an annual national evangelical gathering that educates, inspires, and connects a generation of men and women around a shared concern for biblical and social justice.
In February, Bread for the World will again bring its proven Christian legislative advocacy experience to the conference and look to find new ways to collaborate around addressing global hunger and poverty. Join us Feb. 21 to 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles or at one of the partner sites around the country. For more information and to register go to thejusticeconference.com.
Attend the Annual National Hunger-Free Communities Summit
Registration is open for the Alliance to End Hunger's fourth annual National Hunger-Free Communities Summit, which will be held March 1, 2014, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event is for current and aspiring Hunger-Free Community organizers — nonprofit, religious, private- and public-sector leaders committed to ending hunger in their communities. The day provides a forum to: hear from local and national experts about innovative models for building community coalitions to end hunger; share lessons learned and successful strategies; and learn about best practices to coordinate hunger relief, leverage available resources, and implement multi-year plans.
Registration is $150. Conference registration and hotel booking and agenda information are available at www.hungerfreecommunities.org/summit.
Bread's Lenten Prayers for Hungry People
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Churches and communities of faith may order free copies of Bread's "Lenten Prayers for Hungry People" to distribute to parishoners and others. This year's table tent provides Scripture readings, prayers, and suggested actions for the six Sundays of Lent following Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary. To view, download, or order copies, visit www.bread.org/lent, or call 800-822-7323.
2014 Hunger Report Available
The 2014 Hunger Report: Ending Hunger in America was released in November. The report proposes bold steps to end hunger in the United States by 2030. In addition to investing in good jobs as a way of ending hunger, the report recommends ending the political brinkmanship that led to the sequester, or automatic budget cuts, and focusing on investing in people, strengthening the safety net and encouraging community partnerships.
Produced by Bread for the World Institute, the report calls on the U.S. government to work with the international community to establish a universal set of goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in December 2015. New global development goals must include ending hunger and extreme poverty and achieving global food security and good nutrition for all by 2030.
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