The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011
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It's almost the new year, and we all know what that means: time for some end-of-the-year round-ups. For Bread for the World, 2011 will go down as a year filled with a lot of hard work, a difficult federal budget process, and a lot of blessings. (Read David Beckmann on some 2011 victories here.)
Knowing this, I thought it would be fun to put together a round-up of our top 10 blog posts from 2011. The topics are diverse, interesting, and challenging. Take a look:
1. A Food Writer Fasts: "New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman has joined David Beckmann and other activists in fasting to protect programs for hungry and poor people."
2. Hunger Knows No Borders: "At 37 years old, Rev. Gabriel Salguero has a huge responsibility—to be the voice for some 9 million evangelicals in the United States."
3. 'I Eat and Mom Doesn't': Growing Up Hungry in America: "For 10-year-old Jazeer from Philadelphia, life is toughest when his family’s food stamps run out at the end of the month."
4. Hundreds Attend National Gathering 2011: "They came from across the country and around the world. New York high school students and nutrition professors from Ghana. Grassroots activists and policy wonks. Faith leaders and the president of the World Bank. More than 600 participants attended events in conjunction with Bread for the World’s National Gathering 2011, Lobby Day, and the meeting '1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children: Building Political Commitment.'"
5. Poor People Did Not Cause the Budget Deficit: "In this video, Bread for the World President David Beckmann talks about proposed budget cuts and their impact on vulnerable Americans with Spotlight's Jodie Levin-Epstein."
6. Lenten Devotions: "Some years I have big ambitions for the 40 days leading up to Easter. Sometimes I pla n to fast from some luxury that has, over time, become a “necessity” in my life."
7. God, Hear Our Prayer: "Today, I stopped eating—and will only drink water for the rest of the week. I usually fast in private, but I am provoked to make a public stand as Congress has proposed massive budgets cuts to programs that disproportionately affect the neediest among us."
8. Could You Live on $31.50 a Week for Food?: "Last Thursday, members of Congress and religious leaders went shopping at a local Washington, DC grocery store. Their goal? To buy a week’s worth of groceries for only $31.50, the average amount an individual on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) receives per week to buy groceries."
9. One in Four African-American Households Remain Hungry: "According to new hunger data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 25.1 percent of African-American households suffered from food insecurity in 2010."
10. 'Elmo Didn't Know People Don't Have Food': Sesame Street Tackles Child Hunger: "National Public Radio reports that this Sunday, Sesame Street is taking on child hunger in America in a primetime special called 'Growing Hope Against Hunger.'"
Jeannie Choi is associate editor at Bread for the World.
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