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Longtime Bread Staff Member Larry Hollar Retires

By Stephen Padre

A longtime and beloved Bread for the World staff member, Larry Hollar, is beginning his retirement this week. Larry’s career at Bread spanned an impressive 30 years, one of the longest tenures among staff. Most recently, he has been a senior regional organizer in the grassroots organizing department, covering nearby states from his home base in Dayton, Ohio. His work in grassroots organizing has involved reaching out and being the local face of Bread for many congregations and residents of Midwestern and eastern states. Many people across the country who worked with him found a helpful, resourceful, and friendly Bread representative in Larry. Lobby_Day_2015_0045

Current and former Bread staff feted Larry last month during several days of meetings when all staff from around the country were gathered in Washington, D.C. They honored Larry for his contributions to Bread as an employee, but also for his contributions as a person and the gifts he brought to the work as a lover of sports; a singer; a husband, father, and grandfather; someone trained in law and theology; and a devoted Christian.

As a churchman, Larry has a deep love for liturgical music. So one of the tributes he received from this writer was alternative words to the hymn tune for "Now Thank We All Our God." Here are a couple of the verses from the tribute:

Now thank we all our God
That Larry’s quite exacting.
Misspell, misuse a word,
He’ll tell you it’s distracting.
He likes consistency;
He’ll gently criticize.
He’s always there to help
Cross T’s and dot the I’s.

Now thank we all our God
That Larry has a strong voice.
It’s used for lobbying,
But also joyful singing.
He sings deep baritone.
He sings in the church choir.
He’ll end his career, but
The voice shall not retire.

Besides his grassroots field work, Larry also had a stint as the head of Bread’s government affairs department (the department had a different name then). He also edited a three-volume set, based on the three-year lectionary cycle, of Scripture reflections by 46 pastors, lay persons, and biblical scholars who are Bread members and activists. The set is titled Hunger for the Word (still available for purchase from the Bread Store). Larry said he views this work in print as his legacy at Bread. “Assembling more than 40 wise grassroots voices into a chorus of faithful witness was the hardest and maybe the best thing I did in your midst,” he wrote in an email to staff.

While Larry may leave behind words he edited in a book, he also leaves a legacy of decades of fruitful work in advocacy and organizing, of living out a faith that we share, of wisdom, insight, and – yes – perfectionism, as well as inspiration. Thank you for your service to Bread for the World, Larry. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Stephen Padre is the managing editor at Bread for the World.

Photo inset: Larry Hollar during Lobby Day 2015. Zach Blum for Bread for the World.

Words Have the Power to Move the Government

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Participants in Bread's 2015 Lobby Day from Alabama meet with their member of Congress. Zach Blum for Bread for the World

By Stephen Padre

Last week, in one of the Supreme Court’s major announcements, the highest court in the land affirmed the power of words. The Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act was based on the interpretation of just four words (established by the state) among the millions of words in thousands of pages of legislation. Whether you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision or not, there’s no denying the huge deal the case became for the court, the Obama administration, the health care industry, and for millions of Americans who are covered under Obamacare.

Words also matter in advocacy. We live in a country that generally does not take political action with our bodies. Except for extraordinary times, political change does not happen in the U.S. through widespread strikes, rioting, or violence, as it does in some other countries. Of course, one or thousands of us are allowed to show up in front of the White House, but usually protesters are trying to get the president’s attention with words—with a sign or by shouting in a bullhorn.

Our democracy is built on the exchange of ideas. We exchange those ideas through words—discussion, debate, broadcasting through the media, etc. One of the best aspects of our democracy is the power of the individual, the right of a citizen to speak up and be heard by our government. It’s the power of the words and ideas that the individual is allowed to bring before the government—one of, by, and for the people. And Bread for the World is built on the idea of individuals using their words to speak to their government and to work with it. Motivated by their faith and supported by Bread, people are encouraged to use their own words to influence the decisions that are made for their fellow Americans and for others around the world.

Earlier this month, Bread hosted its annual Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. People from across the country came to visit the offices of their representative and senators on Capitol Hill and advocate for child nutrition legislation. Most of these types of visits last only 10 or 15 minutes – not much when you consider it. But many of these visits and the few words they convey are powerful. A short story told in an in-person congressional visit can hold a lot of weight. And just a few lines in a piece of legislation can mean millions of dollars are put toward a critical anti-hunger program.

Words in Washington have power. The words from politicians and decision makers have power. But so do yours as a citizen or resident of the United States. Claim your power. Speak up. Advocate with Bread. As we saw last week, the whole government might be moved by just a few words.

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but nearly 16 million children are food-insecure. Act now! Call (800/826-3688) or email your U.S. representative and your U.S. senators to close the hunger gap today.

Stephen Padre is the managing editor at Bread for the World.

'Fighting the Good Fight'

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Lizaura "Lizzie" German, right, visiting with a staffer from the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez during Lobby Day. Jennifer Gonzalez/Bread for the World.

By Jennifer Gonzalez

Lizaura “Lizzie” German understands the issue of hunger. She manages a feeding program for Catholic Charities that serves people living in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Aside from offering food, the program also provides case management for individuals who need other resources.

But advocacy has never been a component of the program’s work – until now. Through a new relationship with Bread for the World, cultivated by Bread organizer Margaret Tran, clients of the feeding program are starting to find their voice.

In fact, clients have already participated in an Offering of Letters. Bread’s 2015 Offering of Letters: Feed Our Children is focused on ensuring Congress reauthorizes the child nutrition bill. The legislation is set to expire in the fall. 

To better help clients find their voice, German agreed to become a Bread for the World Hunger Justice Leader. HJLs, as they are affectionately referred to at Bread, are young faith leaders and clergy who come together to form intentional partnership and community with Bread to advance the work of ending hunger in our world.

When they go back to their hometowns, they work together with Bread staff, folks in their community, and other HJLs to engage more deeply in hunger justice ministry.

Ahead of Bread’s Lobby Day on June 9, German took part in training in Washington, D.C., that afforded her an opportunity to interact with likeminded individuals. “Sometimes you can get bogged down with the work we do,” German said. “You think, ‘I’m the only one going through this.’ So, getting a chance to speak with others around the country who are doing similar work to yours is reenergizing.”

German said the HJL workshops were "awesome." She especially liked workshops that focused on active listening. “I know it is common sense, but when you are doing a million things you forget to listen.”

As part of her HJL experience, she lobbied on Bread’s behalf. She visited with staffers from the offices of Sens. Bob Menendez and Corey Booker (and briefly with Booker himself) as part of a large New Jersey contingency made up of members from The Reformed Church of Highland Park, N.J.

She, along with the others, talked passionately about the need for Congress to reauthorize the child nutrition bill and pass the Global Food Security Act.

“Lobbying with the folks from New Jersey was amazing,” German said. “To see that you are not alone, that there are other people putting their faith into action along with you, was amazing. It’s like you are all fighting the good fight.”

She said she felt that everything she had experienced at Bread leading up to Lobby Day – the training, worship service, legislative briefing – prepared her well to go into the offices of members of Congress and lobby on behalf of hungry people.

She said she was able “to express why we were doing what we were doing and who we were doing it for.”  She added: “For someone who was unable to come to speak and worried about their children or not having enough food for themselves, we were sharing their story.”

The fact that the lobbying was taking place from a faith-based perspective added to German’s experience. “During Lobby Day, we were able to acknowledge a higher power at work,” she said. “That was so cool.”

Jennifer Gonzalez is the associate online editor at Bread for the World.

 

Reflecting on Lobby Day 2015

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Shalom Khokbar at Lobby Day. Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World.

By Shalom Khokbar

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I walked into Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church last week. Lobby Day 2015 was in full swing, evident by the dozens of nametags and orange lanyards at the registration table, the suitcases and bags piled up in the back of the room, and the lingering smell of a delicious breakfast coming from the annex.

I saw people scurrying up the stairs with coffee cups in hand, eager to get to the sanctuary. The legislative briefing was being broadcast throughout the entire facility. I made my way upstairs, sitting just outside the main doors. I peeked inside; the room was packed full with attentive eyes and ears.

I sat just as Amelia Kegan, Bread’s deputy director of government relations, started her presentation concerning sequestration and the push we needed to make to Congress. While she spoke, I skimmed over the slides being projected and listened to her. I realized then that I know nothing about politics! 

It’s sad that a majority of today’s young adults (including me) have the potential to be such a powerful voice that can make a difference, yet they have little to no knowledge about the laws being passed in this country.

When faced with a challenge, my father always asks me, “Shalom, how do you eat an elephant?” I always grin and say, “One bite at a time.” Zechariah 4:10 says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… (NLT)”

It was encouraging to see people of all ages, from all walks of life, gathering together with a common goal in mind. I always have a reverence for people who take action. James 1:22 says, “But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves (NLT).”

All the people divided into their own regions and heard a briefing on how to conduct themselves in the lobby visits. I got to see how to talk to representatives, how they make changes, and how the structures of government are set up.

It was very impactful to observe all these people talking to a representative who can make a change in one way or another. It’s kind of scary because you have to know what you’re talking about, but being confident and polite goes a long way. 

Once I got home, I reflected on what I learned and the importance of being involved. No matter how little you may know or how unfathomable the goal may seem, it is better to take those first steps. Yes, you may be afraid and nervous, but you have to keep the end goal in mind.

This generation is riding on the heels of ignorance way too close, and it’s events like these that can help raise awareness as to what is really going on in society and around the globe. The world is a big place, you have to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.

Shalom Khokhar is a summer intern in the communications department at Bread for the World.

Lobby Day 2015: A Great Day of Advocacy

By Jennifer Gonzalez

Over 250 Bread for the World activists descended on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in the summer heat of Washington to ensure that members of Congress support child nutrition in the U.S. and abroad, and also aid small-scale farmers around the globe. Bread activists specifically asked members of Congress to support the Summer Meals Act of 2015 and the Global Food Security Act of 2015.

The day was a success as activist after activist, young and old alike, met with senators and representatives (or their staffers). Some meetings were small, with just a handful of activists around a table, sharing their thoughts, while others were quite large.

About 15 members from the Reformed Church of Highland Park in New Jersey met with staffers of Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-N.J.) office. The group later met with staffers from Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) office and got a surprise when the senator unexpectedly showed up and spoke to them. The group was not scheduled to meet with Booker, but instead, only with a couple of staffers.

Here are some highlights from Lobby Day 2015:

The morning got off to a great start with some inspiring words from Amelia Kegan, Bread’s deputy director of government relations. She spoke at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, where activists took part in a worship service combined with a legislative briefing by staff members of Bread’s government relations department.

Activists spent the afternoon meeting with various members of Congress. A small group of Iowans met with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). They were accompanied by Rev. David Beckmann, Bread’s president, and Christine Melendez Ashley, a senior policy analyst at Bread.

Maria Rose Belding, a former intern at the Alliance to End Hunger (Bread’s sister organization), who now works at a nonprofit emergency food pantry system, stressed the need for Ernst to support the Summer Meals Act of 2015. “For every seven children who receive a free school lunch, only one gets a summer meal,” she said.

A handful of Bread activists from Alabama met with a staffer in Rep. Terri Sewell’s (D-07) office. Suzanne Martin spoke about the need for members of Congress, such as Sewell, to cosponsor the Global Food Security Act. The bill would make permanent Feed the Future, which has helped more than 7 million small-scale farmers increase crop production and has provided nutritious food to more than 12.5 million children in 2013 alone.

“What I love about this bill is that creates resiliency and sustainability,” Martin said. “I hope she (Sewell) becomes a big champion of this bill.”

The day ended with a reception and worship service at the Cannon House Office Building. Four members of Congress were honored as “hunger champions” during the reception: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.-37), U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.-01), and U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.-40).

Lobby Day ended with activists relaying personal stories from their day on Capitol Hill. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Lobby Day. We can’t end hunger by 2030 without your continued strong voice!

Groundswell of Advocates Tell Congress to Protect Programs for Children

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Advocates from Oxfam America, CARE, ONE Campaign, and Bread for the World meet with U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Los Angeles, Calif., staff about global hunger in May. David Gist/Bread for the World. 

By Jon Gromek

We are at a tipping point. We’ve made progress on hunger; but globally, one in four children doesn’t get the nutrition he or she needs to grow and reach full potential. One in seven children in the United States will face a hungry summer when he or she loses access to free- and reduced-price meals at school. But we can change that.

Congress will protect and strengthen programs for children when enough of us speak up – or they will cut funding.  That's why today, Bread for the World activists are visiting Capitol Hill as part of Bread's annual Lobby Day.

Meeting with your members of Congress is important. From California to Washington, D.C., Bread members are speaking out and getting results! My colleague had just such an experience last week in Los Angeles.

David Gist, the regional organizer who leads our efforts in California, joined advocates from Oxfam, ONE Campaign, and CARE for a meeting on global hunger with U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s staff in May at her Los Angeles office. His goal was to ask Feinstein to cosponsor the Global Food Security Act (S. 1252) – a bill that would make permanent the U.S. food and nutrition security program, Feed the Future. 

Five days later, Feinstein cosponsored the bill.

“Letters and calls from Bread advocates laid the groundwork for a meeting that truly made a difference on global hunger,” Gist said. “Without that meeting, our senator wouldn’t have co-sponsored the Global Food Security Act.”

Local meetings are important for another reason: building long-term relationships with staff. Gist said he can now reach out to Feinstein’s staff on other issues that affect hunger, such as mass incarceration.

Many of Bread's members are spending today on Capitol Hill asking lawmakers to protect and strengthen programs that help feed children. Unfortunately, many activists couldn’t make the trip, but that’s not stopping them from taking action in local ways.

In Indiana, over 1,000 letters have been written over the past two weeks and delivered to local offices of Indiana Sens. Dan Coats (R) and Joe Donnelly (D) and Reps. Susan Brooks (R-5), André Carson (D-7), Todd Young (R-9), and Luke Messer (R-6).

Members in my home state of Ohio will be meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D) state director. The Ohio Bread team recently published several letters to the editor in local news outlets, building awareness about child hunger.

Next door in Pennsylvania, faithful advocates plan to meet with Congressman Tom Marino  (R-10) next week.

IMG_0479Down in Florida, Bread activists have held meetings with the staff of Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D), as well as Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-27) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25).

Bread members around the country have conducted or planned over 40 grassroots actions from Oregon to Maine to Iowa. They are dropping off thousands of letters to local offices, holding in-district lobby visits, and ratcheting up awareness of hunger in local media on the anti-hunger issues Bread members care about! 

Lobby Day doesn’t occur in Washington, D.C., only once a year. Bread members treat every day as an opportunity to influence members of Congress on anti-hunger policy!

Your voice can add to the groundswell of faithful advocates today. Please take a moment to call (800/826-3688) or email your members of Congress today. Visit our Virtual Lobby Day page for talking points and more information.

Photo Inset: Bread members meet with staff of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in South Florida in June. Peter England for Bread for the World.

Jon Gromek is a regional organizer at Bread for the World.

Take Part in Virtual Lobby Day Today

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Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

By Bread Staff

Tomorrow, hundreds of Bread for the World members will be in Washington, D.C., advocating for legislation that would help end child hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Real change is possible — and we're on the precipice with three critical pieces of legislation moving in Congress right now:

  1. Child nutrition reauthorization
  2. The Global Food Security Act
  3. Budget bills that fund these programs

We realize that not everyone can make the journey to D.C., but can you take two minutes today to join us virtually ? A quick phone call (800/826-3688) or email from you will help amplify our message in a powerful way.

Please call (800/826-3688) or email Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Tell Congress to:

  1. Support legislation, like the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (H.R. 1728/S. 613), that closes the hunger gap and connects hungry children with the meals they need.
  2. Cosponsor and pass the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567/S. 1252), making permanent the U.S. food and nutrition security program, Feed the Future.
  3. Prevent cuts to programs that invest in children in the U.S. and around the world. Pass a budget deal that prevents sequestration cuts.

Want more information on these bills and talking points? Visit our virtual Lobby Day page at www.bread.org/lobbyday.

Your call or email to Congress today will make a huge impact in our work together to end hunger at home and abroad. I’m so inspired to see and hear so many people of faith, together amplifying calls to enact policies that will further that cause.

Building the Will to End Hunger

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Larry and Ellen Beulow and Carlos Navarro, Bread members from Albuquerque, N.M., visit their members of Congress as part of Bread for the World's 2014 Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Photo: Bread for the World.

By Robin Stephenson

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Imagine a just world. Imagine a world where every person – every child – has enough to eat.

We know such a world is possible, but we need your help to build the political will that forces decision makers to act. To make ending hunger a national priority, it must be a community priority.

Ending hunger by 2030 is a bold but achievable goal. Since 1900, the rate of Americans living in poverty has gone from 40 to 14.5 percent. The world cut extreme poverty in half since 1990.

Behind each hunger-ending victory are ordinary individuals that believe in the possible. Behind every victory is someone in a community making an impact.

People like Peter England from Miami, Fla., know the impact a single person can make.

In 1992, England’s member of Congress, Rep. Dante Fascell (D-Fla.), was the chairman of a powerful committee. Bread for the World needed Fascell to push forward a bill supporting food security in the Horn of Africa, then in the midst of a devastating famine.

England urged The Miami Herald to use the legislation as the focus of an editorial. When England’s member of Congress saw the editorial, he acted quickly.

"Within two weeks, it had passed both houses and been signed into law by President Bush," England recalls with pride.  

Stories like England’s are neither unique nor surprising.  For over 40 years, Bread members have organized in communities across the United States, making a difference – members like Carlos Navarro.

Over 30 years ago, Navarro joined Bread during his college years and committed to the cause of ending hunger.

For the past decade, Navarro has worked tirelessly in his Albuquerque, N.M., community to influence his legislators and build awareness around the issue of hunger.  He empowers others to advocate, attends in-district meetings and town halls, organizes Offering of Letters workshops, and writes an award-winning blog. Most recently, he spearheaded an Interfaith Hunger Coalition, leveraging the power of more voices in his community passionate about ending hunger.

"Ending hunger is so simple, and yet it seems like an insurmountable task,” said Navarro, who sees his role as a facilitator. “The best way to address the problem is to work together, and we can do this via networking and coalition building. " 

Bread is built on the willingness of justice-loving people to get involved. Each action we take matters; each action is multiplied by thousands of others.

When our collective purpose is to end hunger, we bend toward a more just world.

Bread’s Lobby Day is fast approaching – June 9. Be part of a collective voice that tells Congress to support child nutrition in the U.S. and around the world. You don’t need to be a policy expert. You just need to care. Don’t delay. Register today and make a difference.

Robin Stephenson is the national lead for social justice and a senior regional organizer at Bread for the World.

Lobby Day: Your Voice Counts!

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Bread for the World members meeting with members of Congress during Lobby Day. Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World.

By Ryan Quinn

It’s not uncommon to hear the question “What difference can I make?” when asked to call or write to a member of Congress.

But the answer is a lot. That’s what Bread supporter Laura Duff from Wisconsin found out when she called U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) last year to encourage him to vote for a food-aid reform amendment.

But this story starts a bit earlier than that. In the summer of 2013, the House voted down the food-aid reform amendment to the House farm bill. One of the nay votes was Rep. Pocan. Despite his history of championing on the issue of poverty and hunger, he still voted against the amendment.

Bread supporters Dan and Peg Geisler noticed this and decided to attend one of the congressman’s “listening sessions.” After thanking him sincerely for his strong support of domestic hunger programs, they spoke to him about food-aid reform. During their conversation, the couple laid out the reasons food-aid reform makes sense, impressing upon him how it would actually feed millions more people around the world faster and more efficiently.

The following June, a vote was held for another amendment focused on food-aid reform. Bread activists were called into action to support the amendment. And as part of that effort, activists contacted hundreds of congressional offices, including Rep. Pocan’s office, during Lobby Day.

Even though she was hesitant and thought her call wouldn’t make much of a difference, Laura Duff called the congressman’s office and urged him to support the amendment. What she didn’t know was that a small army of individuals was doing the same. The outcome? The amendment passed by 223-198 because the congressman and more than 20 other House members had changed their vote to support the amendment.

Bread’s Lobby Day is fast approaching – June 9. Be part of a collective voice that tells Congress to support child nutrition in the U.S. and around the world. You don’t need to be a policy expert. You just need to care. Don’t delay. Register today and make a difference.

Ryan Quinn is a senior policy analyst at Bread for the World.

 

 

 

 

Young Hunger Leaders United Through Bread for the World

By Patricia Bidar

 

Over the past decade, Bread has brought together hundreds of young leaders. Through the Hunger Justice Leadership training program, these young people are equipped to work to change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. As with many Bread gatherings, these trainings in Washington, D.C., have resulted in some fruitful partnerships.

One is a serious partnership — the marriage of Terrance and Kiara Ruth, who met at the 2010 Hunger Justice Leaders training. Just over a year ago, their son, Miles, was born.

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Both Terrance and Kiara were speakers at the 2015 Bread for the World Convention in mid-April in Raleigh, N.C., where the couple lives. The gathering galvanized over 200 people from throughout North Carolina and generated 223 letters to members of Congress.

Kiara feels God brought Terrance and her together. "The Hunger Justice Training was the first time anyone in my family had ever been on a plane," she remembers. "Few from my African Methodist Episcopal church back home have ever left Arkansas."

"Terrance and I were assigned to the same work hub," Kiara continues. "Over the course of days, I saw his selflessness and his passion for justice. We were assigned to sit together at the culminating dinner the night before Lobby Day. Our tablemates all assumed we were a married couple."

At the April convention in North Carolina, Kiara spoke about her family's struggle. As a teen growing up in Arkansas, she and her family turned to a shelter to keep a roof over their heads. "Later, when we received food aid and were able to go to the grocery store — that was like Disneyland for us," she remembers.

Terrance grew up in Florida. His father was a military man; his mother, a nurse. After earning his Ph.D., Terrance became principal of AMIkids, a public high school for students who have been suspended from traditional schools. Ninety-five percent of the students qualify for free lunches. For many, that is the only meal they eat each day.

At the school, the day starts at 10:00 a.m., too late to provide free breakfast. So Terrace recruited a local donor to bring breakfasts to the school.

The school also has a garden to grow produce for students' families. At first, the students weren't taking the vegetables because they didn't know how to prepare them. Terrance and the teachers are now working with parents to ensure the vegetables are used.

Terrance writes a series of articles for EducationNC. The articles are framed as letters to Terrance and Kiara's son. The letters describe the reality of African-American students and express hope as Miles grows up. 

Kiara and Terrance worship at St. Paul AME Church in Raleigh. Terrance's faith inspires him to note that "Bread for the World's work is important because Scripture calls for it…Again and again, the Bible connects the holiness of God and food. Scripture correlates spirituality and nourishment. How can Christians possibly ignore hungry people?"

Kiara adds, "At the time I was participating in the Hunger Justice Leader training, my mother and my grandmother were both on food stamps. Bread for the World's work is much more than talking to elected officials about the hunger issue. We are here to do more than that. We are here to make something happen."

Kiara aims to keep her activism strong. "The more who join us, the more we can accomplish. And my job is to make clear to my congregation, my aunties and cousins, my neighbors, that they can help. Then change will happen. Lives will finally improve."

Bread for the World’s annual Lobby Day is June 9. Join us to make some real changes in Washington, D.C., when it comes to feeding our children. You don’t need to be a policy expert to participate. You just need to care. 

Registration is free but space is limited. Register today to reserve your spot!

Photo: Kiara and Terrance Ruth with their son Miles. Photos courtesy of the Ruths.

Patricia Bidar is a freelance writer.

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