Bread: 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.
As a Christian and a Baptist woman, I have always been deeply concerned about poverty and hunger. I have felt God nudging me to make a difference in these areas.
Ritu Sharma, president of the nonprofit Women Thrive Worldwide, joined thousands of Bread supporters, 28 members of Congress, Bread President David Beckmann, Ambassador Tony Hall, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, and other advocacy leaders in fasting during late March and early April.
President Obama signed a federal spending plan for fiscal year (FY) 2011 into law on April 15, 2011, following protracted negotiations that preoccupied Congress for several months.
When asked how he found Bread for the World, Peter England laughs. "I didn't find Bread for the World—they found me!" An event at England’s home congregation, St. Louis Catholic Church in Miami, FL, launched a partnership that’s still going strong two decades later.
Christina Starzack, a Bread activist and member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, CA, presented Bread for the World’s 2011 Offering of Letters to Sunday school classes at her church in March.