Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger
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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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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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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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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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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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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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December 2010

We need to seize this moment to change the politics of hunger – while both human needs and political momentum are at a high point. 

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October - November 2010 Newsletter

With the release of the strategy, Bread members win an important victory in our efforts to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective in reducing poverty.

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September 2010 Newsletter

Lawmakers face mounting pressure to reduce our country’s deficits, but any enacted policies must not push more Americans into poverty.

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June 2010 Newsletter

What's happening in Congress with child nutrition programs?

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January 2010 Newsletter

This year, we can help U.S. families make ends meet, ensure that children have nutritious food, and make poverty-focused development assistance more effective.

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December 2011 Newsletter

Right now, Somalia is in the grip of gruesome hunger. Mothers are carrying their malnourished children long distances to refugee camps to get food. Many children have died along the way—and many more die in the camps due to severe malnutrition.

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February - March 2010 Newsletter

Bread has been working to develop new and effective strategies to make progress against hunger.

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July - August 2011 Newsletter

Thousands of Christians, people of other faiths, heads of denominations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations have stepped forward to form a Circle of Protection around funding for programs that are vital to hungry and poor people here in the United States and abroad. These programs are threatened by budget cuts proposed by Congress.

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April - May 2011 Newsletter

Since the 112th Congress convened this January, legislators have been closely focused on budget and spending issues. At press time, Congress had not yet finalized a spending bill to cover the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2011, which ends September 30, 2011.

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September 2011 Newsletter

More than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa face a humanitarian emergency—the most serious food insecurity situation in the world today. Parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Somalia are struggling with high food prices, political instability, and the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years—a deadly combination that’s likely to worsen over the coming months.

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March-April 2012 Newsletter

On February 1, more than 40 religious leaders from denominations and relief organizations around the country filled Bread for the World’s conference room in Washington, DC. The goal? To build the advocacy voice of church leaders for improved nutrition for mothers and children.

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February 2012 Newsletter

With the help of Bread activists, we got through 2011 without major cuts to programs focused on hungry and poor people. We’re thankful to all those who called, wrote, and visited their members of Congress to help protect these programs. But the fight is far from over.

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June 2011 Newsletter

Amid the tense budget climate in Washington, DC, Bread for the World members are urging their elected representatives to form a circle of protection around programs for hungry and poor people when Congress considers legislation to reduce federal deficits.

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