Bread for the World: Oregon
Oregon BFW is part of a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers. 
07/07/2010

An effective response to hunger must combine private and public actions, neither can do the job alone. Christians have worked well in the private arena, Bread for the World provides a means where Christians can work equally well for effective public policies in the fight against hunger...

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Bread for the World's 2015 Offering of Letters

Campaign to Feed America's Children

Bread for the World is urging Congress to renew our federal government’s major child nutrition programs, including those for school meals, summer feeding, and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers along with their small children.

Every five years, Congress must re-authorize the law that funds these programs, which have helped millions of children over the decades. Thanks to the leadership of Bread for the World and its church partners, the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expanded and improved these programs.

Now is the time to renew these national nutrition programs. Be part of Bread’s 2015 Offering of Letters by taking a few minutes to write letters to your members of Congress.

Contact me for more information, speakers setup or help on setting up your own Offering of Letters
 

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Bread Newsletter

Bread articles cover issues and legislation that affects hungry and poor people, our work in the field, and the advocacy of our members. Published eight times a year.

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Research Papers

Our background papers provide substantial information on everything from child nutrition programs to the Millennium Development Goals.

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Fresh Bread

A biweekly email update about what's happening on Capitol Hill regarding hunger issues.

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Bread for the Preacher

Bread for the Preacher is a monthly e-newsletter for pastors that includes sermon resources, prayers, and other worship materials.

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Field Focus

A series of stories that feature people in the United States and around the world who are being helped by Bread for the World’s advocacy.

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Breadcast

Breadcast, our monthly podcast, features great music, stories on hunger and poverty, and updates from Capitol Hill.

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Legacy of Hope

This newsletter is sent three times a year. Legacy of Hope offers information on financial planning and tells the stories of individuals and families who support our work to end hunger.

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A Circle of Protection: A Statement on Why We Need to Protect


 Programs for the Poor

 

The nation faces unavoidable choices about how to balance needs and resources and allocate burdens and sacrifices. These choices are economic, political—and moral. As a community of faith, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare.

We look at every budget proposal from the bottom up—how it treats those called “the least of these” (Matthew 25:45). They do not have powerful lobbies, but they have the most compelling claim on our consciences and common resources. The faith community has an obligation to help them be heard, to join with others to insist that programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world are protected. We know from our experience serving hungry and homeless people that these programs meet basic human needs and protect the lives and dignity of the most vulnerable. We believe that God is calling us to pray, fast, give alms and to speak for justice.

As faith leaders, we are committed to fiscal responsibility and shared sacrifice. We are also committed to resist budget cuts that undermine the lives, dignity, and rights of poor and vulnerable people. Therefore, we join with others to form a Circle of Protection around programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people at home and abroad.

1. The nation needs to substantially reduce future deficits, but not at the expense of hungry and poor people.

2. Funding focused on reducing poverty should not be cut. It should be made as effective as possible, but not cut.

3. We urge our leaders to protect and improve poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance to promote a better, safer world.

4. National leaders must review and consider tax revenues, military spending, and entitlements in the search for ways to share sacrifice and cut deficits.

5. A fundamental task is to create jobs and spur economic growth. Decent jobs at decent wages are the best path out of poverty, and restoring growth is a powerful way to reduce deficits.

6. The budget debate has a central moral dimension. People of faith are asking how we protect “the least of these.” “How do we share sacrifice?” "How do we make 'Justice flow...'"

7. As believers, we turn to God with prayer and fasting, to ask for guidance as our nation makes decisions about our priorities as a people.

8. God continues to shower our nation and the world with blessings. As believers, we are rooted in the love of God. Our task is to share these blessings with love and justice and with a special priority for those who are poor.

Budgets are moral documents, and how we reduce future deficits are historic and defining moral choices. As faith leaders, we urge Congress and the administration to give moral priority to programs that protect the life and dignity of poor and vulnerable people in these difficult times… It is the vocation and obligation of the church to speak and act on behalf of “the least of these.” This is our calling, and we strive to be faithful in carrying out this mission.

 

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and the needy" Proverbs 31:8-9

 






About Hunger

In 2005, the latest year for which data are available, 1.4 billion people in developing countries lived in extreme poverty—on less than $1.25 a day—down from 1.9 billion in 1981.

In the United States, 14.5 percent of households struggle to put food on the table. More than one in four children is at risk of hunger.

We can end hunger in our time. Everyone, including government, must do their part.

By making our voices heard in Congress, we make our laws more fair and compassionate to people in need.

Man in
                                  Pakistan/ Photo by Jim Stipe

Global Hunger

The world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years. Worldwide, 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty.

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                                  and Woman in Kentucky/ Photo by Todd
                                  Post

U.S. Hunger

We live in the world's wealthiest nation. Yet 15.1 percent of people living in the United States live in poverty.

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                                  Photo by Margie Nea

The Bible and Hunger

Throughout Scripture, God offers abundance and an end to hunger. Explore helpful resources and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

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Myths and Realities surrounding
                                  the U.S. Budget

Hunger and the U.S. Budget

Members of Congress are debating budget bills and deficit reduction proposals that will have major consequences for hungry and poor people.

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What We Do

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

God's grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent.

Confronting the problem of hunger can seem overwhelming.

What can one person do? Plenty.

Bread for the World members write personal letters and emails and meet with our members of Congress.

Working through our churches, campuses, and other organizations, we engage more people in advocacy.

Each year, Bread for the World invites churches across the country to take up a nationwide Offering of Letters to Congress on an issue that is important to hungry and poor people.

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                                  for the World

Urge Congress to End Hunger

Bread for the World members write personal letters and send other personalized communications to their representatives in Congress.

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                                  for the World

Biblical Basis for Advocacy

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

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Pastor Judith VanOsdol / Photo by
                                  Laura Pohl

Mobilize People of Faith

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Our partners represent a wide spectrum of church organizations and faith communities.

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Our Resources

Our Resources

Bread articles cover issues and legislation that affects hungry and poor people, our work in the field, and the advocacy of our members.

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How You Can help

Have Faith. Food is a basic need, and it is unjust that so many people go without enough to eat.

God's grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent.

Confronting the problem of hunger can seem overwhelming. What can one person do? Plenty—and Bread for the World can help.

Write to Congress

Everyone—including government—must do their part to end hunger. With the stroke of a pen, policies are made that redirect millions of dollars and affect millions of lives. Make your voices heard in Congress by speaking out for the needs of hungry and poor people.

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Become a Member

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. When we turn our faith into action, God uses our voices. Again and again, we win help and opportunity for hungry and poor people.

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                                  Church in Mexico/ Photo by Margie Nea

Engage Your Church

Are you looking for ways to involve your church community? Find resources to empower your congregation to take action against hunger.

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Organize Your Community

Bread for the World empowers faith communities, campus groups, and other organizations to end hunger. Are you interested in getting involved in your local community?

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