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Bread for the World urges elected leaders in Washington, D.C., to enable people in our nation and our world to feed their families and move out of poverty.

Personalized emails stand out. They tell senators and representative that you, as a constituent, really care about an issue. Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents about the issues on which they will vote in the Senate and House of Representatives.

The following are issues moving in Congress and/or in the administration. This is your opportunity to change policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist here and abroad.

Global Nutrition

Global Nutrition

Conflict, climate change, growing instability in fragile states, and the coronavirus pandemic have caused significant setbacks in reducing global hunger. Now, more than ever, U.S. investments in global health, food security, and nutrition are critical for the future.

Malnutrition is the leading risk factor for death among children globally, accounting for 45 percent of all child deaths—losses that are almost entirely preventable. Congress has the opportunity through legislation to change the course of the lives of millions of children. They just need the political will to make it happen.

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Refundable Tax Credits

Refundable Tax Credits

When it comes to fighting hunger, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are proven to be the most successful at moving more children out of poverty than any other government program.

COVID-19 exposed the vulnerability of the U.S. safety net and amplified the inequity that shows that Black, Latino, and Indigenous children have disproportionately higher levels of food insecurity than their white counterparts. Children are more vulnerable than any other group to the damaging impacts of hunger even for short periods. By making the recent expansion in the refundable tax credits permanent, Congress can cut child hunger in half, with even greater impacts in communities of color.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Reauthorization of child nutrition programs is long overdue. The programs were last authorized in 2010 when lawmakers passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Congress is supposed to pass legislation that funds and sets policies for national child nutrition programs every five years. The programs include school lunch and breakfast programs, afterschool and summer feeding programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These programs serve millions of low-income children annually and ensure their access to the nutritious food they need to thrive.

One in seven families with children are not getting enough to eat because they cannot afford it, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. Congress must enact policy that strengthen and protect child nutrition programs.

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Immigration and Migration

Immigration and Migration

Immigration is a hunger issue on both sides of the border. Hunger and poverty push people to leave their home countries but many remain at high risk of hunger and poverty once they arrive in the United States due to our broken immigration system.

Congress must address the root causes of migration—hunger, poverty, and climate change— by investing in nutrition programs and strengthening U.S. development and humanitarian assistance. Congress must also fix our broken immigration system by passing just comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. that includes a pathway to citizenship for those who are undocumented.

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"Jesus said ...
'You give them something to eat.'"

Matthew 14:16

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