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Bread Slices: New Maternal and Child Nutrition Toolkit

June 2012

The “Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days Movement,” led by Bread staffer Nancy Neal, is an ecumenical group of women dedicated to promoting nutrition for women and children in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and the child’s second birthday. Bread has developed a new toolkit that contains materials to help participants pray, act, and reflect on this important work. It includes fact sheets on international and domestic malnutrition; a scriptural reflection; ideas for talking with others about this issue; and how to set up meetings with your members of Congress. See www.bread.org/1000days and www.facebook.com/womenoffaith1000days for more information.

Plan Now to Celebrate Bread for the World Sunday in the Fall

Each year, thousands of churches observe Bread for the World Sunday as an opportunity to renew their commitment to end hunger in God’s world and deepen their involvement with Bread for the World. Bulletin inserts and other free resources are once again available to help congregations celebrate Bread for the World Sunday on October 21 – or another Sunday in the fall of your choosing. For more information visit www.bread.org/sunday.

Keeping Hunger at Bay When School’s Out

Many low-income children don’t have access to the school feeding programs that help keep them fed during the school year. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture supports a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) designed to fill this gap and provide nutritious meals to children that are at risk of hunger during the summer—and you can help! Churches and faith-based, community, and private nonprofit organizations are all eligible and encouraged to serve SFSP meals.

The SFSP reaches only a fraction of the children in need—mainly because there aren’t enough feeding sites. Your churches and organizations can play a tremendous role in ensuring that low-income kids don’t go hungry this summer.

You can learn more about the SFSP or participate in one of USDA’s free webinar sessions on opportunities to provide summer meals at www.summerfood.usda.gov.

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