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Tackling Hunger Head On

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Kelvin Beachum, Jr., an offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is working with Bread for the World to ensure an end hunger by 2030. Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World.

By Jennifer Gonzalez

Faith has always played a strong role in the life of Kelvin Beachum Jr., an offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It has guided many of his personal and professional decisions. And now that strong faith has led him straight to Bread for the World.

Beachum is partnering with Bread to ensure an end to hunger in the United States and around the world. The partnership was announced over the weekend during Beachum’s annual football camp for children in his hometown of Mexia, Texas.

Texas is the third hungriest state in the country, where one in four children lives in poverty. Nationally, over 16 million American children or 1 in 5 don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

Beachum understands the issue of hunger firsthand. “As a child, my family and I bounced around from WIC, free and reduced lunches, and some food stamp assistance when we qualified. There were times when we had enough, but there were also times that we needed help.”

He said he finds it unacceptable that in the United States, one of the world’s most blessed countries, there are children who go hungry every night.

The grandson of a pastor, and a son of a minister, Beachum believes that God has given him many talents, on and off the field. He likens his current work around child nutrition for the NFL and the work he plans to do with Bread as ministry.

He’s doing God’s work in various ways: through his children’s sports camp, visits to schools, and now lobbying Congress with Bread.

“There is a pastor in Pittsburgh that says something I really love: ‘Taking care of family is one block, one family at a time.’ At the end of the day, that is what I’d like to do from a hunger standpoint – take care of one community, one family, one state, and one nation at a time. That is what it boils down to.”

Beachum recently visited Bread’s offices in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the issue of hunger and how we accomplish our work. He also got an opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and speak with a handful of members of Congress about the importance of child nutrition.

This year’s Offering of Letters is focused on ensuring that Congress reauthorizes the legislation that funds child nutrition programs. The legislation is set to expire this fall.

“We are delighted to welcome Kelvin into our campaign to write hunger into history. His passion for promoting anti-hunger programs rooted in his deep faith is a great example of what constitutes a hunger champion,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. 

The expectation is that Beachum, an NFL player with many Twitter followers, will offer a different voice at Bread - one that especially entices a younger demographic to join our cause.

At Bread, our work intersects with poverty, mass incarceration, immigration, climate change, and among other issues. Beachum acknowledged that he doesn’t know everything about hunger and is excited about the possibility of learning more and helping Bread end hunger in the United States and abroad.

“God is stretching me to do things I have never done before, like advocate for hungry children,” Beachum said. “It truly takes a team to make that dream work. It takes a team from all different walks of life, all different upbringings, backgrounds, circumstance, to all to come together and help end hunger.”

Jennifer Gonzalez is the associate online editor at Bread for the World.

 

 

 

 

 

Hunger in the News: Presidential Race, Poverty, Nepal, and Criminal Justice Reform

BlogphotoA regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

Landscape of Poverty,” by Paul Overberg, USA Today. “Protests over the death of a suspect in Baltimore police custody have thrown a spotlight on the city's persistent poverty and lack of jobs, especially for young black men. Neighborhood-level poverty rates for 2009-13 in Baltimore and surrounding areas.”

Behind Nepal's Shangri-la image, poverty and misery,” by Foster Klug, The Associated Press via Seattle PI. “Even amid the misery, with entire neighborhoods sleeping on sidewalks for fear of a massive earthquake's aftershocks, even with no running water, no electricity, and anger and frustration boiling over — even with all this, you can still find hints of the picture-postcard image of Nepal many foreigners hold in their imaginations.”

Paul Ryan: War on poverty 'not getting the results we need,'” by Mike Lillis, The Hill. “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that the decades-old war on poverty has failed low-income communities and called for Washington to play a lesser role in dictating proposed solutions.”

Hillary Clinton Calls for an End to ‘Mass Incarceration,’” by Sam Frizell, Time. “Hillary Clinton called on Wednesday for broad criminal-justice reform and renewed trust between police officers and communities, reflecting the former First Lady’s evolution from supporting the policies instituted by her husband two decades ago in a period of high crime rates.”

Problems of poverty edge into 2016 presidential race amid tensions in Baltimore,” by Julie Pace, Associated Press. “In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.”

This is Where Food-Aid Reform Matters

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Earthquake destruction in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photo: Natalie Hawwa / USAID


By Ryan Quinn

Last week’s earthquake in Nepal is one situation where U.S. food aid is at work. In crises like that, as well as in the daily grind of poverty, food aid from our federal government is keeping hunger at bay. But U.S. food-aid programs can do better, and Congress needs to hear that from you.

Email your U.S. senators today, and urge them to cosponsor S. 525, the Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015.

The good news is that Congress has already been paying attention to this issue, and food-aid reform is moving forward. This is thanks to the continued efforts of activists like you. This month, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held the first-ever hearing on the importance of food aid reform.

At the hearing, witnesses testified on how reforms to the government’s food-aid programs would improve their ability to reach more people in need and at less cost to taxpayers.

Last year, Bread for the World members won significant victories in food-aid reform. The Food for Peace Reform Act would build on those individual successes and permanently reform U.S. food aid laws.

Help us take this huge step toward ending hunger. Email your U.S. senators today.

Long ago, God provided by raining manna from heaven for the Israelites (Exodus 16). Help us follow God’s example in our day and better nourish people who are hungry around the world.

Ryan Quinn is a senior policy analyst at Bread for the World

World Prayers for May 3-9: Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda

This is a weekly prayer series that appears each Friday on the Bread Blog.

One aspect of Bread for the World’s new Bread Rising campaign is prayer. The campaign is asking Bread members to pray more, act more, and give more. In this blog series, we will provide a prayer for a different group of countries each week and their efforts to end hunger.

This prayer series will follow the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, a list compiled by the World Council of Churches that enables Christians around the world to journey in prayer through every region of the world, affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing their challenges and sharing their gifts. 14384701106_74125ec5a9_o

We will especially be lifting up in prayer the challenges related to hunger and poverty that the people of each week’s countries face. In prayer, God’s story and our own story connect—and we and the world are transformed. In a prayer common to all of us—the Lord’s Prayer/the Our Father—we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This line from this prayer can also be a prayer for the end of hunger.

We invite you to join Bread in our prayers for the world’s countries to end hunger. And we encourage you to share with us your prayers for the featured countries of the week or for the end of hunger in general.

For the week of May 3-9: Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda

God of peace and justice, we pray for these countries, especially Sudan and South Sudan, which have been wracked by war for so long. We pray that their peoples will turn their swords into plowshares so that they can live lives in peace and establish economies and communities that can provide for their members. We pray also for peace in Uganda, which has also been torn apart by conflict internally and with its neighbors in the past several decades. May the conflict end so that the hunger and suffering it has brought will cease.

O God, often all we know about these countries is that they are places of war and conflict. Forgive us when we have been complicit in this, and open our eyes to the people there, who are also your children. Lead our hands and feet to ways we can walk with them in their joys and struggles and with their gifts and cultures as countries and people. Help us to move our own government to do what is right and just for the people of these countries.

We thank you for the aid workers, agencies, and churches that are working in these places to alleviate hunger and poverty. Strengthen and sustain them in their difficult work, and keep them safe from harm.

And we pray to you with the words of a person from Sudan:

Visit us, we are despairing.

Our faith is wavering, O Lord, come visit us.

The hardness of the world weighs heavily on us.

Sin keeps us away from your path.

We are forsaken, forsaken, forsaken.

Do not forsake these countries, O God. Amen.

(Prayer in italics from Sudan. Prières pour le monde 2004, © Fédération protestante de France, Paris, France. English transl. Terry MacArthur © 2005 WCC.)

Percentage of the population of these countries living below the national poverty line (2014 figures):

Sudan: 46.5
South Sudan: 50.6
Uganda: 24.5

Source: World Bank World Development Indicators as found in the new 2015 Hunger Report.

Prayer is a central part of Bread for the World’s work. To learn more about how you can get involved with prayer at Bread, please go here

Photo inset: Dabora Nyibol, a returned refugee in South Sudan, prepares sorghum, a staple in her country. Photo by Stephen H. Padre/Bread for the World.

Hunger: 'Congress Doesn't Get it'

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By Alyssa Casey

I love the work I do as a Bread staffer in Washington, D.C., but my roots will always be in northern Illinois. I grew up in Antioch, Ill., a small town where farmlands and suburban neighborhoods merge into one. Antioch is also where I first encountered hunger through service work at my church and local food pantry.

During a visit home to Antioch a few weeks ago, I accompanied my mother one night to a food pantry at Open Arms Mission. I saw many faces of hunger walk through the door. While I was there, I was fortunate enough to talk with Marytherese Ambacher, the director of Open Arms Mission. She confirmed what I saw firsthand- that there is no one face of hunger.

“We see a lot of men in their 50s and 60s, a lot of tradespeople,” she explained. Many tradespeople who work seasonal jobs get laid off during the slow months. While some are able to find another temporary job to fill the gap, others turn to the local food pantry while they continue their job search.

When I asked about SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Ambacher said many of the people coming to the food pantry receive SNAP, but the benefits they receive aren’t enough to get their family through the month. “Most people don’t come every week,” but come to fill the gap when their SNAP benefits run out. 

Open Arms allows clients to come in once per week, and in one visit they receive up to two days’ worth of food based on family size. The majority of these individuals and families rely on SNAP in addition to the food pantry. “That’s what Congress doesn’t get. They think we can feed these people but we only give them 2 days’ worth of food a week,” Ambacher said.

At Bread for the World, we know that while these churches and charities are immensely important, federal programs provide nearly 20 times the amount of food assistance as private sources.

Open Arms also coordinates with local schools to close the hunger gap during weekends and summers. The weekend backpack program provides a backpack with food on Fridays for some of the children who receive free- and reduced-price lunch during the week.

“We ran a summer camp for two years,” Ambacher said, “but we had more volunteers than we had kids.” Most summer feeding programs across the country require students to come to a specific site and finish the meal on site. Parents in Northern Lake County, which includes suburban and rural communities, find it difficult to get their children to the site because they are at work during the day.

Feeding students during the summer can be difficult. For every seven children who receive free- or reduced-price lunch, only one also receives food assistance during summer months. That’s why Bread for the World is campaigning this year to close this gap and expand access to summer meals for children at risk of hunger.

Private charities like Open Arms are invaluable partners in the fight against hunger, but they can’t do it alone. Strengthening federal nutrition programs like SNAP and school and summer meals would be a huge step toward ending hunger in the United States.

Urge Congress to strengthen our child nutrition programs, particularly the summer meals program. Tell Congress to also protect SNAP and other anti-poverty programs from harmful budget and funding cuts. Call (800/826-3688) or email your members of Congress today.

Alyssa Casey is a government relations coordinator at Bread for the World.

 

Injustice Ignites Social Fury in Baltimore

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Protest at the Baltimore Police Department Western District at N. Mount St. and Riggs Ave. Wikimedia Commons.

By Jennifer Gonzalez and Kimberly Burge

The events unfolding in Baltimore are a deep reminder of the systemic inequities that exist in many of our cities across the country.

Yes, the riots and anger are connected to the death of Freddie Gray – a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal cord injury following his arrest by police. But the social fury is also a symptom of the city’s high unemployment rates, low high school graduation rates, and high poverty rates.

Mass incarceration also plays a role. About one-third of Maryland’s prison population comes from inmates who hail from Baltimore.

Returning citizens with felony convictions are at serious risk of hunger and poverty because employers often don't want to hire someone with a criminal record. Licensing prohibitions can bar certain individuals from working in particular fields. And even when ex-offenders do get jobs, they earn much less than they did before going to prison.  

Studies show that a prison record reduces yearly earnings by 40 percent.

Worse, laws ban individuals with felony convictions from getting government assistance. Many can’t receive SNAP (food stamps), TANF (welfare), or housing assistance. With no job, no shelter, and no help, many people in these situations are denied a second chance.

Bread for the World is trying to change that. We are supporting several key pieces of legislation this year that would help people create a post-prison life where they can work, support, and feed themselves and their families.

The bills are the following:

The Smarter Sentencing Act is a bipartisan bill that would reform U.S. sentencing laws. It gives judges the discretion to bypass unnecessary and overly harsh mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent, low-level drug offenses.

Mandatory minimum sentences have contributed to the explosion of our country’s prison population. African-Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.

The Redeem Act (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act) proposes allowing people convicted of nonviolent crimes to ask the courts to seal their criminal records. They could then present themselves, according to the legal system, as lacking a criminal background.

These measures would improve their chances of getting a job and, in turn, reduce the threat of hunger or recidivism. The bill would remove offenses relating to possession or use of a controlled substance from the categories of drug offenses that result in the convicted individual being ineligible for assistance.

The Corrections Act (Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Elimination Costs for Taxpayers in Our National System) would offer incentives and programs to help the incarcerated not offend again once they leave prison. It would also allow some prisoners to participate in recidivism-reduction education programs and, in exchange, they could earn time credit toward pre-release custody.

Additionally, President Obama’s budget calls for $120 million in continued support for the Second Chance Act. Passed in 2008 with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush, this law has provided critical resources for prisoner reentry programs. With approximately 600,000 individuals returning home from prison each year, successful reentry is a public safety and cost-savings imperative.

The riots and anger swelling in Baltimore will eventually subside and give way to normalcy. However, the issues that are the underbelly of the social unrest will continue to simmer behind the scenes – in neighborhood bars, college classrooms, and homes.

Call (800-826-3688) or email your U.S. representative and your U.S. senators. Urge Congress to remove the ban on SNAP and TANF for people with felony drug convictions. The time is ripe for criminal justice reform, and this should be a part of it.

Learn more by reading our fact sheet: Hunger and Mass Incarceration.

Jennifer Gonzalez is the associate online editor at Bread for the World. Kimberly Burge is a freelance writer who lives in Washington, D.C.

'From Kids Whose Stomachs Ache to Parents Whose Hearts Break'

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By Bread Staff

Editor’s note: This is a first-person account told to Bread staff members by a Bread colleague about the importance of good nutrition, especially during a child’s early years. Proper nutrition plays a significant, time-sensitive role in a child’s growth and development.

Over 16 million American children or 1 in 5 don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Hungry children are not a rare exception. They are your neighbors. They are my neighbors.   

But statistics and reasoning are often not enough to convince us to take actions.  Real-life stories bring home the critical importance of good nutrition to a child’s growth and development.

I have one such story.

My younger son’s birth mother wasn’t able to provide him with strong pre-natal nutrition. There was no Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) nutrition program.  There were not enough nutritious breakfasts and lunches for the first 7 ½ years of his life.  He was robbed of his best potential because he did not receive critical nutrients.  Each day now and for the rest of his life he will pay the price of malnutrition.

Like many children in developed countries who have been malnourished, my son did not “look hungry.”  Only later, would we know the effects of his hunger – his shorter stature but more importantly the gaps in his brain’s development.

Today, at 17, he uses his fingers to count while doing his math homework because he lost out in having the brain development that supports the memorizing and recalling of elementary math facts.  My son is not lazy.  He does apply himself.  My husband and I support his educational efforts with countless hours of at-home tutoring. But, despite spending the equivalent of months trying to learn the multiplication table, he has not been successful because he does not have the capacity to learn them.

As we look to the future, my husband and I are asking, “Will a college degree pay off?  Who will hire him?  How will he be successful in a world that values speed and high productivity?”  We swallow hard and say a prayer, “Guide us Lord.  We don’t know what to do. We need your grace to figure something out.” 

Hunger is not a partisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats know that hunger hurts -- from kids whose stomachs ache to parents whose hearts break.  But, the biggest hurt is the lifetime price that children who have experienced hunger and malnutrition will pay.

A child whose brain does not develop optimally can’t eat extra food as an adult to make up for this deficit.  In our fix-it society, the effects of poor nutrition cannot be fixed later when the budget deficit is lower, when jobs are more plentiful, or when universal access to food is a reality. We need to make sure now that children have access to nutritious food so that they can be all that God intended for them to be.

Urge Congress to strengthen our child nutrition programs, particularly the summer meals program. Tell Congress to also protect SNAP and other anti-poverty programs from harmful budget and funding cuts. Call (800/826-3688) or email your members of Congress today.

 

 

 

SNAP Safe For Now, But Automatic Cuts Loom in Budget

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The joint budget resolution for the 2016 fiscal year includes deep cuts to anti-hunger programs.  (Screen shot from A Place at the Table, courtesy of Participant Media)

By Robin Stephenson

The House and Senate are close to finalizing a deal for the overall parameters of the 2016 fiscal year budget. The joint budget resolution, with deep cuts to anti-hunger programs, could be ratified by votes in the House and Senate this week.

“It’s a budget that fails to prioritize the most vulnerable, but there is a silver lining:  Thanks to our advocates, the joint resolution does not include reconciliation instructions to the agriculture committees,” said Amelia Kegan, deputy director of government relations at Bread for the World.

In the final compromise, instructions were not included that would have put SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) directly on the chopping block.

“This is good news,” said Kegan. “It postpones our fight to protect SNAP. SNAP is always vulnerable and continues to have a target on its back, but this gives us some breathing room.” On the other hand, reconciliation instructions still leave Medicaid, the earned income tax credit, and the child tax credit potentially at risk.

However, given that 69 percent of the cuts put low-income people at risk, Kegan warns there is still much work to do. “The decisions of what programs get funded and what programs get cut is part of a complex process. There will be a few key opportunities and threats over the next five months in particular,” she said.

A budget resolution sets the top-line numbers for annually appropriated programs – the overall size of the pie that is then sliced up in what is called the appropriation process. Those slices fund individual programs administered through the federal government. Because the budget was balanced by cuts exclusively and not through revenue, the slices are thin. Making matter worse, unless Congress acts, the slices will shrink even more because of a process called sequestration.

Sequestration was offered as a stick during 2011 budget negotiations. In 2011, negotiators were given a choice: They could decide where to enact entitlement cuts and raise revenue or accept additional cuts that shrink the annual appropriations budget. The group of lawmakers, dubbed the Super Committee, failed to compromise. That result triggered the draconian policy to shackle spending even more.  

Since then, Congress and the Obama administration enacted moderate and temporary measures that eased the impact of the cuts.  Lawmakers must enact measures soon that would again ease cuts that affect anti-hunger programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The domestic nutrition program, which is already stretched to meet unprecedented need, provides funding for food banks to purchase nutritious foods and to help transport and deliver that food to Americans in need.

“Sequestration is unacceptable and unsustainable. It is a decision that can be changed, if,” Kegan stressed, “Congress makes it a priority. But they have to hear from their constituents.”

There are several programs under the jurisdiction of the agricultural committee that are critical in our efforts to end hunger, but would be subject to a sequestration squeeze. The WIC program supports nutrition for children from low-income families so they grow healthy but would lose vital funding if the automatic cuts are not removed. The dollars that fund food aid and increase our ability to buy food closer to disasters like Nepal would be in jeopardy if sequestration goes into effect.  And the poverty-assistance programs like low-income housing assistance and Head Start would also be at risk.

Bread members are urged to tell their members of Congress to enact measures that will remove sequestration from the budget and develop a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction.

Robin Stephenson is the national lead for social media and a senior regional organizer at Bread for the World.

Advocacy Works: The Connie Wick Story

By Robin Stephenson

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist

Each time hunger is reduced, we find ordinary people, called by faith, urging their leaders to create a world where everyone has a place at the table.

Connie Wick was one of those ordinary people who took the time to reach our to her member of Congress with a handwritten letter. Although she is no longer alive, the impact of Wick’s advocacy reverberates today. 

Wick led a Bread for the World group at the Robin Run Retirement Center in Indianapolis, Ind. In 2003, Bread's Offering of Letters campaign worked to establish the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA). The MCA provides large grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty. Wick wrote to her member of Congress, Sen. Richard Lugar, asking him to support funding for the program.

Not long after Wick mailed her letter, Bread’s president, David Beckmann, was at an event on the White House lawn. When asking President George W. Bush to help get full funding for the MCA, Beckmann was encouraged to talk to Lugar - the senior Republican member on the committee with power over funding.

Lugar responded to Beckmann’s request by saying, “I was just answering a letter from a constituent, Connie Wick, and she was saying – well, she was also urging us to fully fund the Millennium Challenge Corporation.”

The person with the most influence on Lugar wasn't a U.S. president, or the president of Bread for the World – it was Lugar’s constituent, Connie Wick.

We can look at Wick’s story to see a direct connection between a single letter and the political will to halve extreme poverty. To date, MCA has invested over $10 billion in partner countries and improved the lives of millions of people across the world.

Faith motivated Wick to write a letter that changed lives. "As Jesus told us, we are charged to take care of our neighbor,” she said. “That's as simple as I can put it."

History has taught us that we can make progress against hunger when our decision makers are willing to change the systems and laws that keep people in poverty.

Advocacy – telling decision makers to act on an issue - helped put food on millions of U.S. tables that would otherwise be empty. In 1900, about 40 percent of all Americans were poor. That number hovers around 15 percent today, due in large part to a strong safety net of anti-hunger programs.

We have made unprecedented strides against hunger globally in recent decades. Programs, like MCA, that address the underlying causes of poverty, has helped the world cut extreme poverty in half since 1990. 

Changing policy and programs rarely happens overnight; change requires committed people willing to call, write, or meet with their members of Congress over and over again. The policies set by our government affect hunger in our communities and far from our shores. One of the most powerful gifts Christians in the U.S. have is our citizenship. Because our leaders are elected, they listen to what their voter’s value.

Like Wick, you too can make a long-lasting impact on ending hunger– sometimes it starts by putting pen to paper.

Urge Congress to strengthen our child nutrition programs, particularly the summer meals program. Tell Congress to also protect SNAP and other anti-poverty programs from harmful budget and funding cuts. Call (800/826-3688) or email your members of Congress today.

Robin Stephenson is the national lead for social media and a senior regional organizer at Bread for the World.

Become a Baker's Dozen and Make an Impact on Hunger

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By Rose Mason

Last month, Congress came dangerously close to taking away food assistance that countless people depend on. And while your calls and emails to Congress spared many people this time, we're not out of the woods yet. A whopping 69 percent of cuts in both the House and Senate budgets put low-income people at risk.

Become a monthly donor today and continue to support our work helping people who need it most.

Our experience in Washington has shown us that without consistent, passionate advocacy, Congress will make cuts — cuts that throw people in our communities and around the world into hunger and poverty. We can't let that happen.

You can help. Your monthly gift to Bread for the World ensures that we can maintain that dedicated advocacy all year round. With your monthly support, your voice is there on Capitol Hill every day — in the quiet moments when legislation is being drafted to crunch time when votes are counted.

Commonweal eNews - 6.11.13Becoming a monthly donor is a simple, easy, and incredibly effective way to show consistent support through a monthly gift. And if you make your monthly gift by April 30, your gift of just $5 or more will generate an immediate $50 gift to Bread for the World, thanks to a generous donor. For every gift we receive, this donor will contribute $50 — so your first gift of $5 will have TEN TIMES the impact!

This fight over the fiscal year 2016 budget is an example of why your consistent support matters. You told Congress how you felt, and it worked! All of the harmful amendments were either withdrawn or voted against. Our collective voice helped ensure that victory.

But a second round of debates is upon us, and those in Congress pushing for these devastating cuts haven't let up — so neither can we. When enough voices come together for a cause, the minds of our leaders in Washington, D.C., can change in an instant. Stand up now with Bread for the World to stop harmful cuts to programs that feed our children: Become a Baker's Dozen member with a monthly donation today, and your gift of just $5 or more will automatically generate $50 to Bread for the World — that's ten times the impact toward ending hunger.

If you're ready to take your commitment to Bread's mission to the next level, please don't delay. This unique opportunity to generate an additional $50 of support expires on Thursday.

It's your consistent advocacy, support, and faith that fuels this work, and every victory is a testament to the dedication of our members. Together we can move mountains. Thank you for doing your part.

Rose Mason is the Baker’s Dozen program coordinator at Bread for the World.

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