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Thank You, Rick Steves!

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Rick Steves, a longtime Bread for the World member, speaking at the 2014 National Gathering in Washington, D.C. Bread for the World.

By Bread Staff

Every Christmas, Rick Steves, a longtime Bread for the World member, raises funds for Bread through his traveling friends and network at Rick Steves' Europe. This special fundraiser helps support our advocacy to end hunger.

Our fundraiser with Rick last month was the most successful to date!

We raised $166,408 for Bread from 1,453 gifts. Rick also provided a matching gift of $100,000, bringing the total raised to over $266,000! 

Thanks to all of you who participated! With Rick’s generosity, these funds will help us make more of an impact on policies and programs that affect people who are hungry both in the United States and abroad.

Our goal was to reach $200,000, and we exceeded expectations!  For every dollar Bread raises, we leverage $100 in terms of government assistance and funding that is vital to people who are hungry and poor.

In 2015, we will advocate for stronger child nutrition programs that can close the hunger gap for the more than 1 in 5 children who live in families that do not have adequate access to food. When Congress makes decisions about the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit this year, we will urge them to make the tax credits permanent. We will also continue our advocacy to reform food-aid and reach millions of more people. And any time there is an opportunity to impact policies that can end hunger, such as immigration reform, mass incarceration, and many others, Bread for the World will speak up with your help.

Thanks to you and Rick Steves, we can do more in 2015!

You can help end hunger every month of the year with a monthly gift.  Your gift, which automatically renews your annual membership, creates a reliable stream of financial support and enables us to make plans for the future.

Rick Steves is host of public television's most-watched, longest-running travel series, "Rick Steves' Europe," and the author of more than 50 travel guidebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

A New Year's Resolution You Can Keep

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By Jim Lund

This year, I resolve to do more to end hunger. I invite you to join me. Too many children in our rich nation are undernourished. Too many children around the world suffer the pangs of hunger daily. I am sure you too find this appalling.

One thing you could do is join me as a part of the Baker’s Dozen givers. Every month, each of us makes a recurring donation that Bread members turn into real action to end hunger: communicating with lawmakers, educating peers, and organizing letter-writing workshops. The results make a difference.

Just last year, our work together blocked cuts to domestic poverty-focused programs, won support for development assistance in Central America, and gave 1.5 million people around the world access to nutritious meals through U.S. food-aid.

My monthly gifts to Bread for the World let me accomplish far more than I ever could alone. Join the Baker’s Dozen givers today, and make a concrete difference for people who need your support.

* $5 monthly provides resources to 30 people who want to end hunger
* $30 monthly underwrites a workshop that generates letters to Congress
* $100 monthly supports lobbying activities to end hunger

I’m hoping that by this time next week, 50 of you will make a new year’s resolution to help end hunger through Baker’s Dozen monthly giving. When we come together — each of us doing a small part — we can accomplish great things. Together, we can end hunger. Will you join us today?

Jim Lund is the vice president for development and membership at Bread for the World.

Photo: U.S. food-aid programs help feed millions of children around the world. (Bread for the World).

Our Light on the 2015 Path of Advocacy

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By Stephen Padre

Sometimes we say we have an epiphany when our minds reach a breakthrough on a problem. Another way of saying this is that a solution has revealed itself – it has come out of darkness and seen the light.

Today is the Epiphany of Our Lord. Christmas Day begins the actual 12 days of Christmas, and when those run their course, we arrive at the day of Epiphany – today. Christian churches that follow a liturgical calendar celebrate the Christmas season followed by the season of Epiphany, which runs until Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent.

Bread for the World’s year-end campaign used the theme of “Shine your light. Give life.” (based on John 8:12 CEV: “You will have the light that gives life.”) During Christmastime, we celebrated the birth of Jesus, who is the light of the world and who brought us life. So Christmas is a season about Jesus as light, but Epiphany just makes it all the more official.

Whereas Christmas is the season of Jesus coming into the world, Epiphany is the celebration of Jesus going out into the world – Jesus’ light being taken from Bethlehem into the far, dark corners of a world broken by poverty and hunger and other sins. Traditionally, Epiphany is the day on which Christians celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men at the manger where Jesus was born – the “outside world” discovering, in a sense, the savior of the world, and then spreading the light that was revealed to them as they return home by a different route.

So, on this day of Epiphany, as we assess our year-end campaign that has just ended, we come to you with thanks. Due to your generosity, online gifts in the final days of December totaled more than $75,000. Your year-end gifts to Bread for the World have not only provided light – refilled our lamps – during the Christmas season, but they will allow us to transport those lamps across the country and illuminate our message of ending hunger. Your gifts will be the Christmas light of Christ and the Epiphany sharing of that Christ light across the country and into the halls of Congress. Your gifts will mean the warmth of Christ is shared when more people receive the food they need when our government acts to end hunger.

Thank you for giving to Bread for the World.

The light and life you have given will shine throughout Epiphany and beyond.

Stephen Padre is the managing editor at Bread for the World.

Last Day to Double Your Gift

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By David Beckmann

Time is running out! Today is your last chance to donate to Bread for the World and have your gift doubled dollar for dollar. And while many people have already contributed, we still have to raise more by midnight. We need your help.

With your support, Bread for the World can fight effectively in 2015 for policies that give life:

  • Keeping kids' and babies' bellies full. Your support strengthens and protects key programs for children like the National School Lunch Program and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
  • Reaching more people in crisis. By reducing how far emergency food aid needs to travel, we could feed up to 9 million more people.
  • Putting food on the family table. Bread will protect SNAP and child tax credits from funding cuts that would sap budgets for families in need, plunging them deeper into crisis.

More than 21.5 million children, including kids in your community, are counting on us. We can't let them down.

Your donation today could be the difference for a child in your neighborhood of eating a full, nutritious meal or going to bed hungry.

Don't wait to make a difference — when the clock strikes midnight, this incredible opportunity to give life will be gone.

David Beckmann is the president of Bread for the World.

How You Helped My Family

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Thaddeus with his daughter, Destany, when she was 7 and 18.

By Thaddeus Cooks

I was a 17-year-old single father struggling to make ends meet. At an age when most young men are thinking about college, I was trying to figure out how to feed my child and replace the clothes she kept outgrowing.

I'll never forget the woman from my church who told me about the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC).

With the assistance in getting nutritious food through WIC, I could use the little cash I had for clothes, diapers, and medicine. WIC's resources helped me keep my daughter healthy, happy, and nourished. I couldn't have done it without them.

Now the program that did so much for me and my daughter needs help.

WIC and other critical child nutrition programs are set to expire in 2015, and without strong voices fighting for them, they face serious financial cuts. Donate before December 31 to make sure children and families have the support they need in the new year.

Today, my daughter, Destany, is a healthy, happy, straight-A student. I can hardly believe how smart, passionate, and impressive she’s become. She has no memory of how hard it was in the very beginning. I thank God that her days of going to bed hungry as a child were short and that the future that followed was bright.

WIC changed our lives, and I’m determined to do everything I can to make sure the other 7.5 million families with young children at risk of hunger will have the same support we did.

The best way I know to do that is to support Bread for the World.

Bread has decades of experience protecting programs like WIC that make a real difference in people’s lives. Bread has a smart strategy to win over key legislators in 2015, but it takes more than that to end hunger. Your prayers, your advocacy, and — critically — your financial support are needed right now.

Please donate before December 31 to protect anti-hunger programs in 2015.

Together, we can make sure WIC and other programs continue to be the strong lifeline for families in need.

 

Shine Your Light

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By David Beckmann

"In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." John 1:4-5

As we celebrate this joyous season of Christ's coming, I can't help but think of the Bread for the World community and how your tireless advocacy is a light against the destructive forces of hunger and poverty.

Yet even in this season of celebration, we must prepare for some great challenges ahead. Critical programs that provide meals for millions of children will be up for reauthorization in the coming months. If nobody stands up for these programs that help keep kids' bellies full — like school lunches and WIC — many kids and families will be at risk.

And that's why we need your support right now — to make sure Bread for the World reflects the light of Christ in 2015 and beyond.

Please be a light against the darkness of hunger and make a generous year-end gift to protect school lunch and other critical programs that keep people from going hungry.

Together we have already lit a path toward a better life for people around the world.

In just the past year alone, your calls, emails, and visits moved the House to pass an amendment that will allow U.S. food aid to reach 1.5 million more people. You formed a circle of protection around essential lifelines like food stamps and won a victory that will keep food on American tables for years to come.

In short, you saved lives.

But once again critical programs will be scrutinized and threatened with cuts. We have a strategy to protect and strengthen school lunches, food stamps and so much more — but we need you with us.

Make your year-end gift to fight hunger in 2015.

You can be assured that your donation to Bread for the World is one of the most effective ways to help kids and families in need. For every $1 you give to support our advocacy, you are helping to secure thousands of dollars in food stamps, hot lunches, and other lifesaving assistance for families in crisis.

That means the world to a hungry child.

Thank you for sharing your light. May Christ who is our Light and Life be with you this Christmas.

David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

 

It's #GivingTuesday, Give Your Tue-Cents!

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By Ryan Quinn

As a countermeasure to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Giving Tuesday reminds us to give to people who need it most. Thousands of organizations across the world are taking part in this new holiday tradition of generosity.

Today we are asking you to give your Tue-cents in two ways: At Bread for the World, we welcome your generosity and gifts to support our mission. But today we also encourage you to give back through your advocacy.

In fact, your giving and advocacy efforts toward ending hunger have been working already. Right before Thanksgiving, a House committee unanimously approved the Global Food Security Act (HR 5656). It still needs to pass through a Senate committee before being voted upon in the full House and Senate.

With only 10 days left in Congress’ schedule this year, now is the time for it to act to improve global food and nutrition security. We need you to email your members of Congress today. Tell Congress to pass the Global Food Security Act!

In passing this legislation, we can help solidify U.S. leadership in fighting poverty and claim another victory in our fight against hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty over the long-term. We look forward to a day when 805 million chronically undernourished people in our world becomes zero.

Call (800/826-3688) or email your members of Congress today, and urge them to support the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 5656 and S. 2909)!

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

 

Rick Steves Has a Christmas Challenge for You

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Travel show host Rick Steves in Ireland (photo courtesy of Rick Steves).

By Rick Steves

To add meaning to the holiday season, every Christmas I raise funds for Bread for the World through my traveling friends and network at Rick Steves' Europe. This year, the needs are particularly great. But that means the rewards are too! I'd love to send you a special Christmas package as thanks for a $100 gift to empower Bread's work. This gift package was so popular the last couple years that I want to offer it again so you too can get on board—and even share this challenge with your loved ones.

I believe hungry people need a strong and compassionate advocate like Bread for the World — especially when there are so many interests competing for attention on Capitol Hill.

While the charitable work we do as caring people is important, we must remember that all the food provided directly by all the charities in our country amounts to only 6 percent of the food assistance available for hungry and poor people. Our government provides the rest. That means Bread's advocacy work has a huge impact on caring for the most vulnerable people among us. I'm convinced that supporting Bread is the very best way to leverage my charitable giving. That's why I've been a Bread member for over 30 years.

I'd like to offer you this personal challenge: I'll match all gifts up to $100,000. I'm that excited about this opportunity to give hungry people a voice in our halls of government. Imagine, as an extended family of caring (and traveling) people, together we can empower Bread for the World's work with $200,000.

David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, recently told me how we are at a critical juncture and how our financial support can tip the scales toward ending hunger, once and for all:

"The world is making dramatic progress against hunger, poverty, and disease, and it's happening in all kinds of countries — Bangladesh, Brazil, the United Kingdom. So it's clearly also possible here in the United States. There's a growing international consensus, and next year all the nations of the world are likely to agree on the goal of ending extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. But stronger leadership from our U.S. government is crucial for ending hunger and Bread for the World can play an important role in making hunger and poverty a priority for our government."

I see Bread for the World not as a charity, but as a service. Bread is transforming my concern about hunger into effective action by smartly — and doggedly — working to protect struggling people in our country and around the world. Gifts-for-BFTW-webpage

So here's my challenge to you this Christmas: Help Bread for the World with your gift of $100 or more. As a thank you, I'll match that gift and send you three gifts (worth $50) from my Rick Steves' European Christmas collection:

  • "Rick Steves' European Christmas" DVD (our PBS-TV special celebrating a traditional, non-commercial, and sacred Christmas in seven different countries)

  • Rick Steves' European Christmas coffee-table book (the fun insights and best photos I gathered while producing the special)

  • "Rick Steves' European Christmas" music CD (produced while filming, featuring our 20 favorite European carols — this is my personal favorite for fresh new Christmas-time music)

I'll happily pay for the cost of these three gifts, as well as the shipping, so that Bread for the World can put 100 percent of your donation to work giving a voice to hungry people. Make your gift by Dec. 10 to receive this offer — and you'll get everything (along with our latest travel newsletter) in time for Christmas.

It's my hope that these gifts will add a wonderful new twist to your family celebrations for years to come (as they have for mine), while also enticing you to empower Bread for the World with your donation.

By the way, for every dollar Bread raises, it leverages $100 in terms of assistance and funding that is vital to hungry and poor people in our country and abroad. Assuming that ratio holds, if we hit our $200,000 target, it will mean that, together, we'll generate $20 million of life-giving, hope-instilling funding.

As an alternative thank-you gift, you're welcome to select an autographed copy of the updated 2nd edition of Travel as a Political Act, my book sharing how my travels have made me so appreciative of the issues of hunger and poverty and the work of Bread.

Rick Steves is the host of public television's most-watched, longest-running travel series, "Rick Steves' Europe," and the author of more than 50 travel guidebooks.

Christmas Cards that Help End Hunger

2014 Winning CardBy Kari Bert

Cards with messages of hope and joy are popping up in supermarket aisles around the country. But what if you could send real hope and joy this Christmas — not just to your friends and family, but to people around the world?

One hundred percent of revenue from Bread for the World Christmas cards supports efforts to end hunger and poverty. Choose from multiple designs, each featuring a beautiful photograph that captures the spirit of the season and the ways in which God's grace moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live next door, in the next state, or on the next continent.

You can order a pack of 10 Christmas cards with envelopes for $15, which includes shipping.

I hope you will join me in sharing Bread for the World's vision of a world without hunger with your friends and family. Order your cards today.

Kari Bert is the deputy director of development and membership at Bread for the World

Photo: Two girls rest outside their village in northern Afghanistan. You can view all the image selections for this year’s Christmas card here.  (Shehzad Noorani/Majority World)

Jannah's Story: 'I Survived A Refugee Camp'

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I remember it like it was yesterday: I was 21 years old living in a refugee camp after a devastating famine in my home country, Eritrea. My father, my husband, and my son were all killed during the war, but I survived and found my way to Sudan with my friend Selam. It was hot that summer — at least 100 degrees most days — and it didn't rain for months. Leaving the camp meant risking your life, so we spent our days sitting in the dry, hot dirt waiting for any help that would come our way.

People grew weak and died every single day — children, mothers, fathers. I watched my friend Selam die in my arms.

Our only food was aid that came on a truck: rice with some water and maybe beans in a can. It wasn't a lot, but that food was all we had and the only way I survived. And I remember that it came from the United States.

Now, the U.S. Congress could take away even those small portions from millions of people trapped in crisis like I was. Please give whatever you can to support Bread for the World’s campaign to fight these changes.

The days in the camp are past now, but the memories stick with me. Very few people here in the United States understand what we refugees endured, what it’s like to feel less than human. What it’s like to starve.

No one should have to live like that. I don't want any more mothers to lose their children, and I don't want any more women like Selam to die. More than anything in the world, I want to help people like those who survived with me in the camps.

Organizations like Bread for the World are working to do just that by protecting and improving food aid, but for real change to happen, we need thousands of people to come together. I’m sharing my story with you today in hopes you'll be one of them.

Please donate today to help end hunger all over the world. If you give now, your gift will go even further. A group of Bread members has promised to match your gift dollar-for-dollar. Someday I hope I will be able to give myself, but until then, I'm counting on people like you. Let's all come together to protect God's children by lending our voices, our votes, and yes, our earnings to efforts that make a difference for hungry families.

Jannah is an Eritrean refugee living in the United States (Names changed to protect privacy).

If you give right now, a generous donor will match your gift, so every $1 turns into $2. Don't miss this opportunity to help Bread in its mission to end hunger.

Photo: Jannah today, years after leaving Sudan. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

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