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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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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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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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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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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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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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