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This is an important time to get involved and make your voice heard. Congress and the president are making major decisions that could hit individuals and families living in poverty and at risk of hunger hard. Bread for the World’s policy agenda focuses on the most timely issues that impact hunger. These are some of the issues that Congress or the administration needs to address in order accomplish this goal.
The U.S. government plays a crucial role in the fight to end malnutrition among mothers and children overseas, and our nation’s continued commitment is key to ending this global scourge. Bread for the World wants Congress to increase funding for the nutrition and health of mothers, newborns, and young children. Bread and its partners believe more funding for nutrition programs is needed in fiscal year 2017. Increasing the U.S.'s investment in global maternal and child nutrition is central to successful development and helps improve the potential of millions of people. This is the focus of Bread’s 2016 Offering of Letters campaign.
In Congress, political forces are pushing to slash poverty-focused programs. The tight fiscal environment means members of Congress are looking to make cuts wherever they can. Foreign assistance, SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), and other programs that help people struggling with hunger are at serious risk. They don’t have high-powered lobbyists and well-funded campaigns looking out for their interests. Your voice is critical.
Congress must reauthorize the national school lunch and breakfast programs, the summer meals program, the child care food program, and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers along with their small children. This issue was the focus of Bread's 2015 Offering of Letters campaign.
There is growing bipartisan momentum for reforming the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems. Formerly incarcerated people are far more likely to face hunger and poverty. Many employers refuse to hire people with criminal records. Laws ban people with various convictions from accessing certain safety-net programs. Without income and without access to federal benefits, returning citizens are vulnerable to hunger and recidivism.
In overseas emergencies, our federal government often sends assistance in the form of food aid. While food is an important tool to saving millions of lives each year, it is time to update the government’s programs in this area to enable them to respond better in a 21st century, globalized world. Reforms to the food-aid programs would allow food aid to benefit tens of millions more people each year—at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.
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Bread for the World’s policy agenda focuses on the most timely issues that impact hunger. Use the links below to learn more about how the following issues impact people who experience hunger.
Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.
Recent congressional budget proposals and plans to reduce poverty include options for changing the structure of current social programs from “entitlements,” which provide sufficient funding to address the needs of everyone who meets the eligibility requirements to “block grants,” which provide...
Leaders from the African-American community have helped our country and other nations inch ever closer to the goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Key contributions by African-Americans throughout this century can be found below.
A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.
Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.
In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.
We are deeply pleased...
A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
We want to elect leaders who make ending hunger and poverty a priority, so we are encouraging candidates to talk about these...
Download remarks by Rev. David Beckmann to the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Bread for the World President Rev. David Beckmann spoke to faith activists and delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He called mass hunger in America a “...