Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

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


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

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'

JanahBy "Jannah"

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)

Double Your Impact and Help Protect Food Aid

By Woody Clinard

5367305116_01837af8af_zRight now, 1.3 million people are displaced after fleeing violence in South Sudan. Thousands upon thousands of children are struggling just to find their next meal. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, and Congress is poised to make it even worse.

We need to do something. That’s why a group of us have committed to match every dollar raised for Bread for the World until July 15, up to $50,000.

I’ve been involved with Bread for more than 17 years, and I’ve seen what our community can do when we come together to fight for what’s right. Truth be told, I’m usually a private person, but I’m speaking out because today – right now – is an important moment in the fight to end hunger. There is a bill in Congress that would make it harder to send food and other life-saving support to countries in crisis. The proposal in Congress would take food away from millions of the world’s hungriest people, many of them young children. I’m shocked and angry, and I bet you are too.

But the good news is that Bread for the World is working hard to protect food aid and other life-saving programs. Just last month, we won an important victory when the House voted to appropriate $10 million for the purchase of food aid closer to the place of need, allowing our food-aid dollars to be spent more efficiently and reach more people. By lobbying Congress, organizing our communities, and developing effective policy solutions, we are making a big difference for those who need us most.

Join me in giving what you can to Bread for the World. For the next six days, every $1 you give will yield $2 so that Bread for the World can advocate for programs that help end hunger at home and abroad.

I’m immensely proud of the work that Bread for the World has done in the years that I’ve been involved with them. Like many of you, I’ve donated, volunteered, and contacted my members of Congress. But now more than ever, we need to step up for the ones who need us most. Our faith calls us to action, and collectively we can make a difference. 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.

Woody Clinard is a Bread for the World member from Winston-Salem, NC.

Photo: Liberian girl (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).


Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Give now and double your impact


Photo: Elisabeth and her family upon arrival at Burbe. Story and image courtesy of World Food Program USA (@wfpusa).

By David Beckmann

Since May, more than 16,000 people have crossed the Baro River into the tiny border town of Burbe, Ethiopia. Most of the refugees are mothers and children, and far too many share stories of husbands, fathers, and brothers lost to violence in South Sudan.

"A lot of people have died. People are running in different directions. There's no food, no water," says Elisabeth Nyapal, who crossed the river with her six children and a small mattress.

Relief workers distribute meals and administer vaccines. Without them, the death count would be unthinkable.

But despite the growing need for speedy and efficient relief in times of crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would direct $75 million in food-aid funding to shipping conglomerates — effectively snatching food from the mouths of 2 million hungry people.

We can't let that happen. We need to raise our collective Christian voice and say no. To make this happen, a generous group of Bread members has offered to match your gift dollar-for-dollar if you donate by July 15.

Your gift today will support Bread's education, organizing, and advocacy efforts to ensure that food aid reaches the people who need it most. Your gift will also promote policy changes that would allow relief agencies to purchase food near famine-stricken areas—saving lives in times of crisis and boosting local economies.

"For us, everything is destroyed," says Elisabeth. "We are asking the international community to help us get a better life."

Help Elisabeth and her family by supporting Bread’s efforts to make U.S. food-aid programs work more efficiently. Please donate today while your gifts will be matched. Give now and make twice the difference.

David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

Your Change Can Effect Change


By Rose Mason

A foot-long sub. A DVD rental. A caramel frappuccino.

There are plenty of things you can buy for $5. But did you know that $5 is all it takes to start a monthly gift that will help hungry people throughout the year? That's less than 17 cents per day. And with that simple, modest gift, you’ll know you are helping end hunger for thousands of God’s children.

As I write this to you, there are only hours left to reach our goal of recruiting 40 new Baker's Dozen members in celebration of 40 years of Bread for the World's work as the leading Christian voice against hunger.

Will you help us meet our goal of 40 new sustaining members by midnight tonight?

Your monthly gift will help Bread continue to protect funding for programs that help families lift themselves out of poverty. Your monthly contribution will:

  • Help push important policy changes through Congress defending programs like those for food stamps and school lunches
  • Fight hunger and poverty in developing countries
  • Help poor people and working families in the United States move out of poverty

I am deeply grateful for your commitment to helping hungry people, and I know I speak for all of us at Bread when I say we cherish your steady support. We rely on this ongoing source of funding whenever we need to raise our collective Christian voice in the halls of Congress.

I truly appreciate you giving as generously as you can to help Bread for the World today and every day.

Thank you for your work to end hunger.

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

What Will Be Your Legacy?

MaryBy Rose Mason

Last week, I received a letter from Bread for the World member Mary Murphy. Let me tell you about her.

Mary is a college lecturer who travels to a tiny village in rural Bolivia each summer to teach math to poor residents there. Not only is she giving back in the most extraordinary way by educating those less fortunate, but she is also a faithful supporter of Bread and a member of the Baker's Dozen — our monthly giving program. She is — in a word — amazing.

As Mary reflected on her time in Bolivia, she very poignantly revealed her desire to leave behind a legacy of altruism. Her words stayed with me, reminding me of how I came to this work in the first place and why Bread’s work to end hunger is so incredibly powerful.

"I want to be remembered as having made a positive difference in the lives of my family members and my students, both here in the U.S. and in Bolivia. Through my actions on behalf of those who struggle with hunger and poverty, I am part of Bread for the World, and I love knowing that we are united in this mighty chorus of voices for good."

I love knowing that, too. And I know that as one of our loyal supporters, you have that same desire to join this mighty chorus.

This April, we are looking to add 40 new Baker's Dozen members to the chorus in honor of Bread’s 40 years of working together to end hunger.

Please consider joining Mary and me as a Baker’s Dozen member through your monthly donation before April 30.

Together, we can make a difference for good. We can end hunger, but only if we all chime in. Please consider joining the Baker's Dozen monthly giving program today.

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

Photo: Mary with students at Campesina de Carmen Pampa in Bolivia. (Courtesy of Mary Murphy)

A Special Gift for Bread for the World's 40th Anniversary



By Rose Mason

When did you first hear God's call to help hungry people? After more than three decades of working at Bread for the World, I am still overwhelmed by the inspiring stories and outpouring of generosity from our members.

And believe it or not, this year marks 40 years of working together to end hunger. We want to do something special to honor all of these triumphs of pure compassion, but we need your help.

Our goal is to enlist 40 new members to join the Baker's Dozen — Bread's monthly giving program —before the end of the month.

Will you become one of our most faithful supporters by making a monthly donation today?

The Baker's Dozen monthly giving program is the best way to show your dedication to ending hunger at home and abroad all year round. It's an easy way for you to amplify our collective Christian voice and provide ongoing support to a mission you believe in.

Even a small amount — as little as 17 cents each day — will make a huge difference as we urge our leaders to pass legislation that supports people struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

I know that we can end hunger, but only if we each do our part. I hope you’ll join me and show your commitment to assisting people who are hungry and in need by becoming a Baker’s Dozen member. Make your monthly gift today.

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

Participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday


"Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat" is a prayer that began a movement to take action against hunger on a day when Americans come together around football, fun, and food.
The Souper Bowl of Caring takes place every year on the day of the Super Bowl—Feb. 2 this year. The idea is simple: Led by youth, your congregation or community collects money and/or canned goods before or on Super Bowl Sunday. You report your results at tacklehunger.org, where national results are compiled and reported. You then donate 100 percent of your collection to an organization of your choice that is fighting hunger.
Make participation in this national event fun in your congregation. Some congregations serve a soup lunch after worship services. Use football images and sports metaphors to build excitement. Send youth out to collect money and canned goods from homes in the neighborhood.
The event is locally driven—you choose where your collection goes—but why not make broader connections in your participation? Pass on in-kind donations to a local organization, and give part or all of your monetary donations to an organization that works nationally or internationally, such as Bread for the World or your denomination’s hunger program. Groups across the country have donated to Bread in the past.
Start planning for your participation now. Promotional materials that you can use and adapt are available at www.souperbowl.org, where you can find information about other events around the Souper Bowl, including a service blitz.

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