Time to Renew Your 2014 Membership
Each year, in early March, all Bread for the World members are asked to renew their annual membership. You can help Bread for the World operate with the greatest efficiency – and save the cost of additional reminders – by responding as quickly as possible when you receive your renewal request in the mail. You may also make an online membership gift at www.bread.org/renew.
Those in the Baker's Dozen monthly giving program and others who have made recent gifts will receive their annual membership card, indicating that there’s no need to send a gift at this time. Many members, however, choose to send a special gift to help sustain Bread’s work during the critical first quarter of the year. Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement!
New '1,000 Days' Kit
Bread has produced a new, revamped kit for Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days Movement. The kit helps Bread members become champions for maternal and child nutrition in the 1,000 days from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy through her child’s second birthday. The kit contains information on the issues and tools to take action, including tips on writing letters to the editor, educating your community, and visiting your member of Congress.
A great way to get started as a nutrition champion is to learn about House Resolution 254. This resolution recognizes the importance of U.S. leadership in addressing maternal and child nutrition around the world. The bipartisan resolution has 53 co-sponsors, but it needs more, especially Republicans. Please call your representative (800-826-3688) and ask her/him to co-sponsor H. Res. 254.
Are You Social Yet?
Since 2008, Bread for the World has been gradually expanding its presence on social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Today, we have more than 20,000 "likes" on Facebook and more than 11,000 followers on Twitter. Are you one of them?
Social media is crucial to our advocacy work, especially as members of Congress begin adopting social media tools to communicate with their constituents. "Our communities on Facebook and Twitter are very active," says Sarah Godfrey, who, along with Robin Stephenson, leads our social media work. "Community members are very engaged—they often 'talk' with their members of Congress directly using social media tools, and Congress is responding" says Stephenson. Bread's Twitter and Facebook communities have participated in many successful advocacy efforts, including a virtual Lobby Day and important campaign actions throughout the year. If you haven’t already, we invite you to join our online community! "Like" Bread for the World on Facebook, and follow @bread4theworld on Twitter today.