205 posts categorized "Hunger QOTD"
A job seeker reads a copy of the California Job Journal as he waits in line to enter the California Job Journal HIREvent February 10, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)
"If someone told me I could get some decent wages and get some benefits doing anything, I'll do it."
—Kevin Meyer, a New Jersey man who lost his job in 2012, and then his federal unemployment benefits in December, to the Los Angeles Times.
The Senate is expected to vote on extending unemployment insurance this week. A few weeks ago, Congress failed to advance this bill by just one vote. It is likely that one vote will again determine the outcome. It is also likely that one of three Republicans holds that decision in his hands: Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, or Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana.
If your senators are on record with a vote to renew benefits, call them and tell them they have your support. You may even ask them to reach out to their colleagues Kirk, Portman, and Coats, and ask them to vote to renew emergency unemployment benefits (EUC) immediately. If you are from Indiana, Illinois or Ohio, it is even more urgent that you call 800-826-3688, or send a personal email.
"One in six Americans are food insecure…if you’re on a crowded subway in New York, most likely there are people that are hungry sitting next to you; they’re in your community, you may know them."
—Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and anti-hunger activist
Photo: A young girl eats breakfast. (Margaret W. Nea)
Food distribution in Dokolo in Northern Uganda, 2008. (USAID photo/Anne Shaw)
“I remember when I was in elementary school, the teacher would ask us to bring in a bag. I didn’t have a bag, so I would fold the newspaper and glue the edges. The next day after class, the teacher would line us up outside the storage room. Inside was a huge paper drum with the USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] logo. I remember that logo with the shaking hands and shield. In that drum was powdered milk. They would shovel that powdered milk into our bags, and they asked us to take it home and boil it and drink it. That was our source of nutrition.
“Our generation—people who received all of that benefit—has a loving memory of the United States for providing that humanitarian aid.”
—Chang Park, founder of Universal Remote Control and Bread for the World member, on receiving U.S. food-aid assistance as a child growing up in South Korea.
U.S. food-aid programs provide life-saving assistance around the world, but they can work even better. Take part in Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of Letters, "Reforming U.S. Food Aid," and urge your members of Congress to support changes to policies and practices that will enable U.S. food aid to help millions more people, at no additional cost.
"Jesus commands us to help those in need. Buying nutritious food grown in the country where it is needed means it will reach hungry children and families more quickly. Local and regional economies will be strengthened. More of the food-aid budget will actually be spent on food, which means millions more meals can be provided. Food-aid reform is a win-win-win."
—Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) on food-aid reform
Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of Letters focuses on reforming U.S. food aid. Smart reforms would allow food aid to reach millions more people in need each year, at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers. Learn more at www.bread.org/ol.
Photo: Jane Sebbi, a farmer with 12 acres of land in Kamuli, Uganda, on Thursday, May 19, 2011. Jane grows corn, bananas, coffee, amaranth, potatoes, soy beans, common beans. and sweet potatoes. She also takes care of pigs, goats and chickens.(Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
—Roy Choi, the father of the food truck movement, who used his platform at the MAD3 food symposium to talk about food insecurity in America, and the food deserts in his hometown of Los Angeles. Choi called on the chefs in attendance to use their influence to help see that all are well fed.
Photo: Aidan Rodriguez enjoys spaghetti prepared by his mother, hunger activist Barbie Izquierdo. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
"Hunger has plagued the world for thousands of years. But ending it is a greater moral imperative now than ever before, because for the first time humanity has the instruments at hand to defeat this cruel enemy at a very reasonable cost. We have the ability to provide food for all within the next three decades.”
—Sen. George McGovern (1922-2012), from The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger in Our Time
Photo: Rosa tends to her family's livestock, a typical chore for children in rural Guatemala, where she lives. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
"No one who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty."
—President Barack Obama, on Feb. 12, 2013, during remarks given before signing an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour.
It's time to raise the minimum wage and make sure that every full-time worker earns enough to keep a family out of poverty. Read more in the 2014 Hunger Report, Ending Hunger in America.
Photo: Nate, a returning citizen in Ohio, who has been able to overcome the employment barrier, and now works to feed his family. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)
"No more shall there be in it
An infant that lives but a few days,
Or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
...They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit."
— Isaiah 65:20a-21
As Christians today, we continue to serve people in need—our neighbors next door as well as those far from us as they struggle with hunger and poverty. In supporting reforms to U.S. food-assistance programs, we can mirror God’s intention for abundance and life. By engaging in this issue, we are participating in caring for our neighbors near and far but in ways that better reflect God’s desire that we all might build up our world to be a place where all are cared for and sustained. Read "God Wants Abundance and Life: A Biblical Reflection" to learn more about the importance of reforming U.S. food aid, the focus of Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of Letters.
"It doesn’t matter your color, religion, your political party—if you are poor, you are poor. And we all have the same problems—locally, nationally, and globally."
—Nadine Blackwell, a registered nurse and former school teacher in Philadelphia, who lost her job as a health service administrator when a debilitating medical condition struck without warning. Now the safety net is the only thing keeping Nadine afloat.
Food insecurity is a much bigger problem for families with a disabled adult, but it's a problem that can be solved. Ending hunger is possible. To learn more about hunger in America—and how we can end it in our lifetimes—read the 2014 Hunger Report.
"If praying for daily bread means to pray for enough, then surely the implication is that when we have more than enough we will share the 'more' so that others may also have enough. Such sharing is an indication that our hope in Christ is deep and true."
—Bread for the World founder Art Simon, in "Rediscovering the Lord's Prayer"
As Christians today, we continue to serve people in need—our neighbors next door as well as those far from us as they struggle with hunger and poverty. As a wealthy nation, the United States responds to humanitarian emergencies with food aid, reaching millions of people around the world.
Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of Letters focuses on much-needed reform to U.S. food aid. Changes to the food-aid programs would allow food aid to benefit 17 million more people each year — at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers. Learn more at www.bread.org/ol.
Photo: A young girl in Guatemala helps her family prepare a meal (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World).
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