This article originally appeared in the January 2010 Newsletter.
Monthly Gifts to End Hunger
More and more Bread for the World members are using the convenience of pre-authorized monthly gifts to support our work together to end hunger. This dedicated group of members belongs to our Baker’s Dozen program and makes monthly gifts via credit card or electronic funds transfer. Their monthly gifts—which average $21 per month—provide a predictable stream of financial support and enable Bread to plan for the future. The money saved in gift processing, membership reminders, and administrative costs equals the value of a 13th gift—a baker’s dozen.
Bread for the World’s monthly giving program began in the mid-1980s. Today Baker’s Dozen has grown to include more than 4,000 members and generates more than $1 million every year for our work.
Please consider joining this cost-effective program to sustain our work. For more information, visit www.bread.org/bakersdozen.
New Resources Available!Lenten Prayers for Hungry People
Ash Wednesday is early this year—February 17—so now is the time to order Bread’s “Lenten Prayers for Hungry People.” This year’s “table tent” features scripture readings, prayers, and actions that invite us to travel again with Jesus to Jerusalem.
New Briefing Papers from Bread Institute
“New Hope for Malnourished Mothers and Children” outlines recommendations for the administration’s new Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. Given the human and economic costs of malnutrition, especially among young children, nutrition must be a core area of emphasis in any plan to fight hunger and build food security. Our recommendations include focusing on strategies that have proven successful, making resources available to enlarge these strategies, and using improvements in maternal and child nutrition as key indicators of the initiative’s success.
“U.S. Foreign Assistance Reform: Food Security and Poverty Reduction” has been prepared by John Mellor, former director-general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and chief economist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The briefing paper argues that U.S. efforts on agriculture and food security have been much less effective than they could have been and suggests refocusing attention on improving agricultural and economic growth rates and reducing poverty at the national level.