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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today applauded passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, which will address the climate crisis, build a more equitable economy, and create countless good-paying jobs.
Bread now urges lawmakers to pass the Build Back Better Act. Bread supports important provisions in the act that will help families struggling with hunger and poverty in the United States. The expanded Child Tax Credit has already reduced hunger among the nation’s children by 25 percent. Extending the expanded child credit has the potential to cut child poverty by half and keep millions of children from going hungry. Other provisions Bread supports include the strengthening of child nutrition programs; expanded access to affordable, high-quality child care; paid family and medical leave; vital maternal health programs; and policies that address the climate crisis.
“Proverbs 3:27 says, ‘Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act,’” said Rev. Eugene Cho, president and CEO of Bread for the World. “The positive effects of these programs would be immediate and impactful – especially for the children who need them most, enabling them to lead healthy and productive lives.”
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.