Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

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Quote of the Day: Rev. James Forbes

Forbes preaching Quest
Rev. James Forbes delivers a sermon at Quest Church in Seattle, WA, October 16, 2013. (Robin Stephenson).

One child without food brings anguish to the spirit of our Great God.

Lord, I want to feel what you feel in conditions of hunger and want. And then I want to feel your joy when we have made it possible for others to feel abundance.

— Rev. James Forbes, in a sermon on Luke Chapter 15 delivered at Quest Church in Seattle, Wash., October 16, 2013.

Congregations around the country are hearing God’s message that we are all called to end hunger, and pastors are learning how to more effectively preach about this charge. Rev. Dr. James Forbes Jr., whom Newsweek magazine recognized as one of the 12 “most effective preachers,” is preaching in churches and leading homiletics workshops for those who speak from the pulpit. Rev. Forbes is senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church and retired professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

To find out if Rev. Forbes is coming to a town near you, visit www.bread.org/preaching.

Quote of the Day: 1 John 3:17-18

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." —1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)

Today is World Food Day. On this day of solidarity in the struggle against hunger, take the time to contact your members of Congress and tell them to pass a bill that opens the government, prevents default, and funds programs serving struggling families in the United States and abroad.

Learn more about World Food Day, and this year's theme, here.

Photo: Friends who are part of the jjajja (grandmother) group at St. Francis Healthcare Services in Jinja, Uganda, laugh over their lunch on Saturday, May 21, 2012. The group provides healthcare, education and income-generating opportunities for grandmothers, many of whom take care of grandchildren orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

Quote of the Day: Rev. David Beckmann


"I am terrified by the likelihood of a financial crisis. It will hurt all of us, and it will hurt hungry and poor people most of all." —Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, during the Circle of Protection faithful filibuster.

Tell your members of Congress that our nation's economy and creditworthiness are not bargaining chips. Contact your representative and senators and tell them they must protect our economic recovery and credit; end the government shutdown and pass a responsible budget that funds programs serving poor and vulnerable populations; and replace sequestration with a balanced plan that includes revenues and responsible spending cuts.

Photo: Mealtime at a soup kitchen (movie still from A Place at the Table, courtesy of Participant Media).

Quote of the Day: Nelson Mandela

"We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.  Let there be justice for all.  Let there be peace for all.  Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all."

— Nelson Mandela, during his inauguration as president of South Africa, Pretoria, May 1994

Photo: People hold a candlelight vigil at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 22, 2011, to pray for a Circle of Protection around U.S. federal programs that help poor and hungry people in the United States and abroad.(Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

Quote of the Day: John McCullough

Prayer at capitol"I am reminded of the parable of the persistent widow and the stubborn judge taught to us by Jesus — an immigrant himself. In Luke 18, Jesus tells the story of a judge who had no fear of God and no respect for the people, but a persistent widow kept coming to him, seeking justice. After many refusals from the judge, the determination and consistency of the widow won out as the judge says "...because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming." This parable teaches us that God will grant justice, and that we are to be like the widow, faithfully seeking out justice from those in power. God will never forsake us, and we can never stop pursuing justice."

—John McCullough, president and CEO of Church World Service, in "One Government Activity Continues: 1,100+ Deportations a Day," an Oct. 3 Huffington Post Religion blog post.

There are several events scheduled throughout October to urge members of the House of Representatives to take up immigration reform legislation, including Church World Service's Global Summit on Immigration Reform starting today You can follow the event on Twitter using the hashtags  #immigrationsummit and #timeisnow.

Photo from the Evangelical Immigration Table's Pray4Reform gathering, held on the U.S. Capitol grounds in June. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

Bread_prayer_cap“You can’t govern without loving the people and without humility! And every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: ‘Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in or to choose the best path?’ If you don’t ask those questions, your governance will not be good.”

– Pope Francis, quoted in a letter by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to members of Congress before the U.S. government shut down.










Tell your members of Congress to pass a responsible budget that addresses sequestration, end the U.S. government shutdown, and raise the debt ceiling without political games.

Photo: Bread for the World members and staff participated in a day of prayer in front of the U.S. Capitol this summer.

Quote of the Day: Dawn Phipps

Dawn Phipps from Boise, Idaho tells her story to Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) and his staff during Bread for the World's lobby day in Washington D.C., on June 11, 2013.  Stories give the issue of hunger a face for members of Congress. (Rick Reinhard for Bread for the World)

"Many people think those of us who need food assistance are nothing but deadbeats and leeches; if we would just put down the bon-bons, get off the couch and get a job, life would be splendid. Ah, there’s a nice fantasy. The truth is that most of us are not deadbeats and leeches. We have jobs. We have families who need to eat. We have children who are wondering when dinner will be ready."

— Dawn Phipps, a nurse and hunger activist living in Boise, Idaho who relied on the SNAP program to feed her family during a tough time in her life. Read her story on the Bread Blog.

Within the next couple of weeks, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a proposal that would cut SNAP by $40 billion over 10 years.  Such a cut would weaken the safety net that helped Dawn and her son put food on the table until she was able to find adequate employment. Under the House proposal, as many as 6 million Americans would either lose nutrition assistance or receive reduced benefits. Tell your member of the Congress to vote NO on cuts to SNAP, the nation's number one defense against hunger.

Quote of the Day: Bob Aiken

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Photo: In 2011, federal nutrition programs delivered more than 23 times the amount of food assistance as private charities.  Leo Scott, a long-time volunteer at Second Helpings in Indianapolis, weighs bags of donated bread on Monday, October 15, 2012. Second Helpings is a nonprofit that rescues prepared and perishable food and then creates nutritious meals for distribution to hungry people (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).

"If divided evenly across Feeding America’s national network of food banks, every food bank would need to provide an additional 4 million meals each year for the next ten years, and that is just not possible. There is no way that charity would be able to make up the difference. We are already stretched thin meeting sustained high need in the wake of the recession. We simply do not have the resources to prevent hunger for the millions of people who would be impacted by these cuts—the low-income working families, seniors, children, and individuals struggling to get by."

   —Bob Aiken, Feeding America president and CEO, in the piece "Severe cuts to food programs in House farm bill would increase need, overwhelm charities," The Grio, May 17, 2013.

This month, House leadership will release the full text of their proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP over 10 years, potentially eliminating food assistance for as many as 6 million low-income people. All SNAP households will see their monthly benefits reduced on Nov. 1, yet Congress continues to propose drastic cuts to the program. Get the facts about SNAP, our nation's number one defense against hunger, learn more about why charity alone can't feed everyone who is hungry, and then tell your member of Congress to protect SNAP funding.

Quote of the Day: David Beckmann

"The sun shines on everyone, rich and poor alike. If it were up to politicians in Washington or investors in New York, maybe the sun wouldn't shine without price. But the sun does shine on everybody, so there's fruit for Africans and beautiful weather than even homeless people can enjoy. Joy, energy, and determination well up within people. These, too, are free gifts from God."

—Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, in Exodus from Hunger

Photo: Rosie, a young girl who lives with her family in Colorado and is featured in the documentary A Place at the Table.  In the film, Rosie talks about having trouble concentrating in school because she is hungry. Help ensure children in the United States and abroad have the nutrition they need in order to grow and thrive—ask President Barack Obama to set a goal and work with Congress on a plan to end hunger. Sign the petition today. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Quote of the Day: Rep. John Lewis


“I’m not tired, I’m not weary. I’m not prepared to sit down and give up. I am ready to fight and continue to fight, and you must fight.”

—Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Photo: Rep. John Lewis addressing Bread for the World members during the 2013 National Gathering on June 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

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