183 posts categorized "Hunger QOTD"
"We do not know the time for justice to emerge regarding hunger, but we do know that we are called in Christ to seek on this earth the love and justice of God for those who hunger."
—Art Simon, founder of Bread for the WorldMembers of Congress need to hear from faithful advocates during the August recess! Urge your senators and representative to maintain a circle of protection around the programs that help hungry and poor people in our country and abroad. Bread members are urged to set up in-district meetings with their members of Congress and to attend any town halls their members are facilitating. Contact your regional organizer to learn how your voice can make a difference in August.
By 2001, I'd done plenty of fundraising and service charity work, but 'advocacy' was an odd, scary sounding word to me...until I realized that it's simply speaking out about something you care about. It took some Bread for the World members at my church to show me that it could be just a simple act of writing a letter, an email, or making a phone call. Yet that didn't mean it was easy. I was rather afraid someone from a Senate office would call me back to challenge me, saying, 'What did you mean by that!?' For me to write that first letter was not the most natural thing. My heart raced when I made my first phone call to my U.S. representative."
—Cynthia Changyit Levin in "When Force of Will Becomes Force of Habit," part of the blog series, Anti-Poverty Mom: Fighting poverty at home & around the world.
Learn more about this year's Offering of Letters and start making letter writing to end hunger a habit.
Photo: An Offering of Letters at Templo Calvario (Assembly of God church) in Santa Ana, Calif., on Sunday, October 16, 2011 (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).
"As members of Congress return home for their August recess, we will be praying that God will give them wisdom. We will be urging them to put an end to brinksmanship and come to agreements on difficult issues. And we should all urge them to maintain a circle of protection around the programs that help hungry and poor people in our country and abroad."
—Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, in an excerpt from "Congress: Restore the Circle of Protection and Your Reputations," printed in the Huffington Post, August 7, 2013.
Your senators and representative need to hear from you during the August recess. Bread members are urged to set up in-district meetings with their members of Congress and to attend any town halls their members are facilitating. Contact your regional organizer to learn how your voice can make a difference in August.
“The Bible teaches us to pray for those in authority, and prayer contributes to mutually respectful debate that advances the common good. The focus of our nation's budget negotiations should not be about which politicians win or lose, but about whether our budget decisions reflect our values. We will ask our churches to pray as you continue to work together on the budget.”
— Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners
More than 5,000 Christian leaders recently issued a reminder to our lawmakers that they must make hungry and poor people a priority as they consider our nation’s fiscal challenges. Learn more about the pastoral letter here.
During the August recess, we will continue to pray for lawmakers and ask them to replace sequestration with a balanced package that includes both new revenue and responsible spending cuts. We also ask them to make sure that any scheduled defense cuts are not shifted to anti-hunger programs. Add your voice.
“At a time when jobs are scarce and government budgets trimmed, those who are most in need of assistance are being squeezed. As Christians, we believe private citizens and public institutions should prioritize caring for our most vulnerable neighbors.”
— Richard Stearns, President, World Vision US
This month more than 5,000 Christian leaders issued a reminder that lawmakers must make hungry and poor people a priority as they consider our nation’s fiscal challenges.
Photo: More than 5 million older Americans struggle to put food on the table, and another 3.5 million live in poverty. The automatic cuts called sequestration that took effect in March of this year have meant 4 million fewer meals delivered by Meals on Wheels (photo courtesy of Meals on Wheels).
"When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther and farther apart, it undermines the very essence of America—that idea that if you work hard you can make it here."
—President Barack Obama, during a July 24 speech on the economy at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
Photo: Barbie Izquierdo is a Philadelphia native whose firsthand experiences with hunger and poverty have made her an anti-hunger activist and nationwide speaker on the topic. She lives in Lancaster, Pa., with her two children, Leylanie, 7, and Aidan, 5. Barbie has worked with Witnesses to Hunger in Philadelphia and appears in the documentary A Place at the Table (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).
"Awareness of God's forgiveness allows us to reflect God's goodness in our own halting ways, and God uses even the modest acts of faith and compassion to make big changes in the world. "
— Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, from Exodus from Hunger (2010).
Writing a letter, sending a personal email, or making a phone call to your member of Congress may seem like a small thing but when combined with other modest acts of faith, these actions help build the political will to end hunger.
"Despite the months that have gone by since sequestration took effect, the stakes remain high for the millions of hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world who depend on the programs on the chopping block. I hope that Congress and the administration can prioritize the least among us and approve a budget that does not further devastate people who are already struggling to get by.”
— Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World
Today, more than 5,000 Christian leaders issued a reminder that lawmakers must make hungry and poor people a priority as they consider our nation’s fiscal challenges. In a pastoral letter initiated by the Circle of Protection, these leaders asks elected officials working to reduce our national debt to maintain a circle of protection around programs that effectively alleviate hunger and poverty and urged them not to balance the budget on the backs of hungry and poor people. Read the letter, in its entirety, here.
Photo: Adia Akter, 17 months, stands on the threshold of her family's home on the morning of Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Char Baria village, Barisal, Bangladesh. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
—Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), during last week's farm bill debate on the House floor.
Photo: Barbie Izquierdo is a Philadelphia native whose firsthand experiences with hunger and poverty have made her an anti-hunger activist and nationwide speaker on the topic. She lives in Lancaseter, Penn., with her two children, Leylanie and Aidan (pictured). Barbie has worked with Witness to Hunger in Philadelphia and appears in the documentary A Place at the Table. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)
“[C]ritics are correct that the number of people on food stamps has exploded. And so I was going to do a column, [writing] 'this is wasteful, it's probably going up the income streams to people who don't really need the food stamps.' And so, this was going to be a great column, would get my readers really mad at me, I would love it, it would be fun.But then I did some research and found out who was actually getting the food stamps. And the people who deserve to get it are getting. That was the basic conclusion I came to. So I think it has expanded. That's true. But that's because the structure of poverty has expanded in the country.”
—New York Times columnist David Brooks, on the July 12, 2013 edition of PBS Newshour, talking about the recently passed House farm bill, which did not include the nutrition title that authorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Photo: DeEtte Peck uses her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food. (Brian Duss)