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Impact Hunger a Dozen Times

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I  have supported Bread for the World with a monthly gift since the ‘90s. The Baker’s Dozen monthly giving program is a convenient, easy way to give and it allows me to give a little bit more, since my gift is spread throughout the year. I don’t have to worry about keeping track of my gifts, since the donation is automatic, and I like knowing that I’m doing something good every month.

Most charities receive a huge influx of funds in times of crisis or at the end of the year, but it’s important that they receive support year-round. Monthly gifts help them continue their good work even during the times of slow giving. I give a monthly gift to Bread for the World, an organization near and dear to my heart, to ensure that they always have a reliable foundation of support for their work. I know my monthly gift helps Bread to operate effectively and plan efficiently for the future.

Many of you already make a difference in the world through your prayers, social ministries, direct service work, or by writing to your members of Congress — a monthly gift to Bread for the World is yet another way to help hungry people.

I hope you will join me in giving a monthly gift. It’s easy to do! Together we can have an even greater impact on hunger. Thanks for considering this opportunity to help hungry people.

Alice Benson is a Bread for the World and Baker's Dozen member.

We Only Need $25 From 68 People by Midnight

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By David Beckmann

There are fewer than 13 hours until this matching opportunity is over—and we're so close to reaching the full $85,000! Compassionate Bread members like you have already given more than $83,300. Can you donate right now to help us reach the goal by midnight?

If just 68 people give $25, we will reach our goal! Will you be one of the 68 and help right now with whatever you can afford?

We’re fighting hard for programs that help hungry and poor people, and the timing couldn’t be more urgent. Just yesterday, the House passed a farm bill without SNAP, purposely leaving a SNAP-only bill exposed to cuts at astronomical levels! We are pushing back hard, and with your support, we can make a huge difference. Thank you for giving generously.

David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

Final Matching Gift Hours: Don't Wait!

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By Rev. David Beckmann

Only a few hours remain to double your donation! Don’t miss out on this chance for your gift to go twice as far for hungry people. A few generous donors will match everything we raise—up to $85,000—by July 12.

Thanks to hundreds of kind and noble people like you, more than $78,000 has been given so far!

Will you step up in these final hours to help raise money to fight for hungry people?

We can only count gifts made by midnight tomorrow, so please don’t wait to give. You’ve taken a stand for hungry people by taking action, and now I hope you’ll take the next step and make a donation. It will make a huge difference if you give now, when your gift will be doubled and go twice as far.

Thank you for your meaningful support—we're so glad we can count on you!

Rev. David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

The Greatest Nation?

Participants in Bread for the World's 2011 Lobby Day. Pictured (from left to right) Eileen Smith LeVan of Reading, Pa.,Jeff McGlaughlin of Spring City, Pa., Sonja Spangler of Pa.,   and Miriam Fiorentino of Wyomissing, PA. (Jim Stipe)

By Jim Lund

Are you ready for the 4th of July? It’s such a fun and meaningful holiday—a day of barbeques, fireworks, and celebration of the freedoms that come with living in the greatest nation in the world.

But how great are we if we sit by and allow 16.7 million children in the United States to be at risk of hunger? Why are people going hungry in our great nation?

We must take a stand and act. I invite you to make a gift right now to help Bread take these actions:

  1. Fight to protect funding for programs that help families lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
  2. Talk to members of Congress every week and urge them to make decisions that protect hungry and poor people.
  3. Raise awareness about hunger across the United States— from your community to the other side of the country. The more people talk about hunger, the more lives we can change.

The best part is that right now your gift to support these efforts will be doubled—up to $85,000—by a few generous members! Will you take a stand for hungry people and donate today?

I hope you will also take two minutes to call your members of Congress at 1-800-326-4941. Let them know that no one should go hungry and that nutrition programs can’t take any more cuts.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July. And please do your part to help make this country truly the greatest.

Jim Lund is Bread for the World's vice president for Development and Membership.

Double Your Impact: Protecting Food Aid and WIC

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At Bread for the World, ending malnutrition is an essential part of the work to end hunger at home and abroad.

Globally, an estimated 165 million children under the age of five are stunted. Inadequate nutrition during the 1,000 day-window from a woman's pregnancy through her child’s second birthday impairs development. Research shows that adults who did not receive adequate nutrition as children can lose up to 10 percent of their lifetime earnings. In the United States, child poverty rates are on the rise, yet the WIC program, proven to lower infant mortality rates and improve school performance, is in danger of losing funding because of sequestration. When a nation’s children begin their lives with challenges created by malnutrition and hunger, it becomes more difficult to make good on the promise of a prosperous future.

But faithful advocacy has the power to change the future.

To advance the millennium development goals of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty while also reducing child mortality and malnutrition, food aid with improved nutrition that targets vulnerable mothers and children must be central to development programs—and it must be properly funded. Yet, unless Congress acts to end sequestration it is estimated that more than 571 thousand children could lose food interventions that can prevent the irreversible damage caused by malnutrition.

God’s kingdom is without borders; nutrition during the first 1,000 days matters as much if you live in Bangladesh or Baltimore. The WIC program provides nearly 9 million pregnant or nursing mothers and vulnerable children access to adequate nutrition, education, and health care referrals.  As sequestration continues, it will erode the effectiveness of the program.  Congress must replace the automatic cuts with a balanced plan that includes revenues.

Both chambers of Congress are working on spending bills, and the House numbers assume sequestration is here to stay. And unlike the provision in sequestration whereby cuts are split evenly between defense and non-defense programs in the budget, the House proposal moves all cuts to non-defense programs. A unified and faithful chorus of voices must again tell Congress that the federal budget cannot be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable.

Being faithful advocates during one of the most polarized political periods in history, with a constant barrage of proposals to cut programs for poor and hungry, is difficult, but we know that your advocacy on behalf of hungry and poor people works. Even with $2.7 trillion in deficit reduction already enacted, programs that help hungry and poor people have been largely protected. Calls and emails helped stop a recent proposal to cut the SNAP program by $20.5 billion, protecting the program at current levels, for now.

These victories and the challenges ahead in the journey to end hunger are possible because of the engagement and support of Bread for the World members. Please consider joining our summer effort to help hungry people by making a gift to Bread. Because of a few generous donors, between now and July 12 your donation will be doubled!

Thank You For Your Generosity

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Mary, 3, plays in the trees near her home in Kamuli, Uganda. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

Thank you for your extra generosity at the end of the year!  Because of gifts from you and other Bread members, we were able to reach and exceed our $100,000 online goal between December 20 and 31, raising more than $120,000. This means that $100,000 of the total will be matched dollar for dollar by several generous Bread donors, bringing our grand total raised to $220,000! 

Bread for the World continues to be blessed by the giving spirit of our members.  You make our work on behalf of hungry and poor people possible.  It is because of you that we’ve been able to make lasting changes that ensure parents are able to feed their children—like the recent extensions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, both of which provide support to low-income working families. 

Your support makes a huge difference for hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad. We are truly grateful for your partnership in our work to help end hunger. Thank you!

Giving as Faithful Advocacy

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Three kids sit on a curb in Mexico while sharing a snack. (Margie Nea)

By Kierra Jackson

Last month, I made an impromptu gift to Bread for the World. During our annual event at New York City’s Union League Club, Bread president David Beckmann called upon the audience to join our great “team” of hunger advocates through financial giving. With great joy I pledged 10 percent of my most recent paycheck to Bread for the World because, frankly, I am ready to see an end to hunger.

Some people might say, "But Kierra, you work at Bread for the World? Why donate?"

Chat with me for a few minutes and you’ll know why I’m an employee at Bread. I have a particular interest in maternal and child nutrition and, in addition to my work at Bread, I’m trained as a doula, also known as a childbirth labor coach. In my work with women and their families, it’s common to hear pregnant mamas lightheartedly say, “You, know I am eating for two these days!” justifying a second breakfast or a third helping of casserole.

In some sense those women are on to something. Research supports the fact that eating enough food—and nutritious food—while pregnant is crucial. And, it’s equally important after the baby is born—particularly during those early years of life.

Recently, I thought about the fact that for every woman who says, “I’m eating for two!” there’s likely another woman who is going hungry for two—struggling to get enough nutritious calories in her daily diet. I am acutely aware that her struggle may continue and only intensify once baby arrives. This thought breaks my heart.

But we all know that having a broken heart has never changed a situation on its own. What it does do, is compel me to be more generous.

I believe that fundraising is not only a form of advocacy but that fundraising is ministry. When we give we are accepting a blessed invitation. We’re taking advantage of an opportunity to be a part of something grand. We are sorting out our priorities—deciding what will receive the fruits of our labor. And as Christians we are beautifully demonstrating the active generosity of Jesus Christ.

The contribution you make to Bread for the World is not merely helpful to us, it is essential. We’re not asking that you keep us afloat on the rocky waters of this economy as we drift along. We’re asking you to help us in navigating the waters boldly, strategically, and swiftly as we head forward in our audacious and important efforts to lobby to protect programs for poor and hungry people in our nation and abroad.

Give one of two ways today: 1) Give a one-time gift to the organization; or 2) Give on a monthly basis through our Baker’s Dozen program.

You can also feel free to write a check and send it to our offices here in Washington, D.C.

Call me old-fashioned but I still like to write checks. This year I started doing something different when filling out my checks. When contributing to Bread for the World or my church I began writing “Hallelujah!” on the memo line. It reminds me that giving is an act of worship and it always makes me remember the words of 2 Corinthians 9:7 when Paul writes:

“I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.”

Thank you for your generosity. You’re changing the course of history. God bless you.

Kierra Jackson is the major gifts coordinator and development officer at Bread for the World.

Midnight Deadline: Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

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By David Beckmann

It's not too late to help Bread for the World combat hunger next year. Midnight tonight is the deadline to have your tax-deductible gift doubled! Please donate now.

Bread for the World does incredible work every single day to ensure that everyone has access to nourishment — whether it's a family dealing with the sudden loss of health insurance in the United States, a malnourished toddler in an orphanage in Nepal, or any of the many other people in need throughout the world.

We're steadfast in our commitment because we know that a world without hunger is possible.

But we can’t make it happen without your support today. We already know we’re in for some big battles—and even bigger opportunities—in 2013:

  • Reauthorizing the farm bill: We can make strong reforms to international food aid – which helped 66 million people around the world last year.  Unfortunately, other farm bill proposals cut SNAP by as much as $16 billion – meaning 2 to 3 million people would lose their benefits.
  • Implementing deficit reduction and tax reform: Congress needs to implement deficit reduction and decide which programs to cut – putting funding for all poverty-focused development assistance programs, international food aid, WIC, SNAP, EITC, and the Child Tax Credit at dire risk. Poverty was cut nearly in half in 2011 through domestic anti-poverty programs. We shouldn't undermine their effectiveness.
  • Getting the president and Congress to set a goal to end hunger: It is time our elected leaders make ending hunger a top priority. We will launch a vigorous effort to get the President and Congress to set a goal and establish a plan to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Help Bread win these battles and make critical, lasting change for hungry and poor people with your donation before midnight tonight.

Don't miss this significant opportunity to double your impact for millions of people in need around the world.

David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

My Blessing

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Amanda Bornfree and her daughter Story. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Bornfree)

By Amanda Bornfree

A few weeks after my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, he lost his job—and we were without health insurance.

We were so afraid—and we didn’t know where to turn. But then we discovered that because of our sudden shift in income, I was eligible for benefits through the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC).

Bread for the World’s advocacy for programs like WIC is truly a blessing. This year, nearly 9 million women and young children are receiving WIC benefits each month—and my baby girl and I are two of them.

I’m grateful for Bread's advocacy work, and I'd like to invite you to support their efforts for hungry people. Right now you have a special opportunity to make a big impact, because every dollar you give will be doubled, up to $100,000! Can you make a donation?

When I went to the WIC clinic I was given a pamphlet about the nutrition I needed as a pregnant woman. I still remember how I smiled when I found out that I could use some WIC monthly food vouchers at farmers markets. I remember thinking, "My baby and I are just as important as the family that is fortunate enough to be able to afford farmer’s markets."

For nearly 40 years Bread for the World has fought on behalf of poor and vulnerable people, defending the programs that meet their essential needs. Will you make a gift today to help support Bread's work on their behalf?

The assistance I received made me feel loved and important. It gave my husband and me more faith in our belief that everything was going to be all right. And that faith fed our determination to succeed. Everyone—rich or poor—has the right to live a healthy life. My family is blessed that Bread was around to defend that right.

Please donate to support Bread's incredible work today.

Amanda Bornfree is a member of Bread for the World and a consultant in the church relations department.

Rita's Smile

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Rita Rana at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Dhangadhi, Nepal. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

By Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Unlike the other children at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Home in Nepal, Rita Rana didn't cry, smile, or run away when I first entered the room.

I was immediately drawn to her quiet demeanor, and I set down my cameras.

Rita, with her deep brown eyes and big front teeth, sat like a little sack of potatoes as I made funny faces, shook her hand and played peek-a-boo.

Rita, at age 2, was the oldest child there—but she was also the shortest and the lightest. Malnutrition had stunted her growth and development.

I kept trying to draw Rita out. Finally, when I pretended to try and tickle her, she gave a faint smile.

I spent the next three days photographing and filming inside the home—and wondering about Rita's future.

Please make a generous gift today to help Bread for the World protect the funding that changes the lives of children.

I saw firsthand during my trip to Nepal how important your support is for kids like Rita. Your generosity helps Bread fight hard for foreign assistance that can save millions of lives. By advocating for programs that provide adequate nutrition during the 1,000-day window from pregnancy to age 2, we focus on the approaches that best help children develop properly so that they can thrive.

Your support is critical to ensuring we can make lasting change for children like Rita. And it doesn’t take much to make a big difference. For every dollar you give, Bread helps win more than $100 in assistance for hungry and poor people in the U.S. and abroad.

Now is the perfect time to give—a group of generous donors have stepped up to match every dollar that you donate by Dec. 31. Donate today to help ensure Bread can expand our work advocating for the programs that save the lives of hungry people.

After meeting Rita and seeing firsthand how your generous donations can help kids like her, I feel privileged to be a part of Bread’s advocacy work. Thank you for supporting Bread and, more importantly, for supporting millions of hungry people around the world.

Laura Elizabeth Pohl is Bread for the World's multimedia manager.

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