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Bread's Director of Government Relations Named Among Best in His Field

Bread for the World's government relations department (left to right): Traci Carlson, Christine Melendez Ashley, Eric Mitchell, Amelia Kegan, Ryan Quinn, and Beth Ann Saracco (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World).

Bread for the World’s director of government relations, Eric Mitchell, has been named one of 2013's top grassroots lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Mitchell says the honor may be in his name, but stresses that the accolade recognizes the work of faithful advocates across the nation and Bread for the World’s dedicated staff. 

When asked by advocates if they should write yet another letter or make another call to one of their members of Congress, Mitchell's response is always, “lather, rinse, and repeat.”  He says
if you find a process that works, you keep at it, over and over again.” He learned this adage when he was working as a congressional staffer. This practice of perseverance has helped Bread for the World shape many policies and programs that help end hunger both in the United States and abroad.

The expert policy analysts of our government relations team, led by Mitchell, track legislation as it moves on Capitol Hill. They determine when action from grassroots can be most impactful, and then ask our members to participate in email calls to action. Each month, on a national grassroots conference call and webinar, Mitchell's team joins Bread's organizing department to give a legislative update that ensures that our members stay informed. And when advocates report in-district visits with their members of Congress to their regional organizers, Mitchell and his team follow up with the D.C. offices, increasing the impact of our members' congressional visits.

Congratulations to Mitchell, his staff, and faithful advocates for this distinction.


Lather, Rinse and Repeat! Even if you have already contacted your member of Congress, call or email them again. Members of Congress are in the process of making decisions about the budget and farm bill, and faithful advocates must tell them that any final budget or farm bill must not increase hunger.



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