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 2016 Offering of Letters

Survive and Thrive


Bread for the World’s 2016 Offering of Letters: Survive and Thrive will focus on ending preventable maternal and child deaths through nutrition and health. Zambia will feature prominently in stories as an illustration of the campaign’s theme.

What: We will ask Congress to support robust funding for nutrition and health for mothers, newborns, and young children. Specifically, we are asking Congress to pass an appropriations bill that includes $230 million in the Global Health Account.

Why: Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications in pregnancy or childbirth and every five seconds a child dies, often from causes that are preventable. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of 45 percent of deaths among children under age 5, and it is one of the main factors driving the death of women in childbirth. We can change this.


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Vote to End Hunger in 2016

Just as we as people of faith can make a difference through legislative advocacy in Congress, we can also work to end hunger in the way we vet and elect our leaders, both for Congress and the presidency. Read more.



Child Nutrition Bill Advances in Senate

A bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs passed out of the Senate Agriculture committee with support from both parties on Jan. 20. The Improving the Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act will authorize programs that make meals more accessible for children after school and during the summer months. Read more.



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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