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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Portland CROP Hunger Walk

Sunday, April 27, 2014 • Portland, OR

Location: First Christian Church of Portland, 1314 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Registration: 1:00 p.m., Walk: 1:30 p.m.


This is an interfaith, family friendly event and all are welcome. Please use public transportation or car pool to event as there is limited parking at the event venue.  

The Portland Metro CROP Hunger Walk is a 2.7 mile route through downtown Portland.  Refreshments and restrooms will be available at First Christian Church of Portland, the beginning and end of the Walk route. 
 
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will support the international relief and development programs of CWS. Twenty-five percent will be split equally between Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Northeast Emergency Food Program at Luther Memorial and the Oregon Food Bank. Please give generously!

Be sure to "Like" the Portland Metro CROP Hunger Walk on Facebook! Visit the Website.


Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance. Now Push the House!


Thank you! After a series of attempts and votes, the Senate finally passed a bipartisan bill to reinstate and extend emergency unemployment benefits. Together, Bread members generated 1,045 calls and 24,600 emails to the Senate.

Your advocacy made the difference, including the extraordinary efforts by over 100 religious leaders in Illinois who wrote to Sen. Kirk about their concern for those left without unemployment aid. Thanks to these efforts, Sen. Kirk voted yes on final passage of the bill.

How did your senators vote? Find out here. If your senators voted yes, please call (800-826-3688) and thank them! If your senators voted no, share your disappointment.

With victory in the Senate, the fight moves to the House. Your voice is instrumental in pushing this bill into law. As Roll Call reported, there may not be enough House "members who are feeling significant electoral pressure in their districts" to extend unemployment insurance. One U.S. representative said that extending emergency unemployment assistance "will encourage unemployment." Prove this thinking wrong!

Please call (800-826-3688) or email Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden and urge a vote to extend unemployment insurance.

More than 2 million people have been cut off long-term unemployment assistance. Unemployed workers shouldn't have to wait another day for this vital aid that enables them to continue searching for a job and put food on the table.

Please take just a minute to follow up with your senators on their votes — accountability is critical! Then make one call or send an email to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden and press for a vote to extend emergency unemployment insurance.

As we saw in the Senate this week, your calls, emails, and prayers make a real difference.





Bread for the World's 2014 Offering of letters Campaign to Reform U.S. Food Aid

For many decades, the United States has been a global leader economically, diplomatically, and militarily. The same is true in the humanitarian arena. Our federal government often sends assistance in the form of food aid. Now there is an opportunity to reform the federal government's food-aid programs so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently.

It is time to update the government's 1950s practices to enable it to respond more flexibly and faster in a 21st century, globalized world. Changes to the food-aid programs would allow food aid to benefit 17 million more people each year — at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.

This year's Offering of Letters focuses on much-needed reform to U.S. food aid. Learn about our role in global aid, and why reform is so critical. Then, write to Congress and urge your representatives to enact much needed reforms to our global food aid programs.

Together we can change policy and ensure continued, improved assistance to millions of hungry people around the world. Please contact me if you want help organizing your offering or if you would like a speaker.

Useful links:

Offering of letters website

Act Now! (How to find your Member of Congress)

Sample Letter

How to Conduct an Offering of Letters

Reach Out and Spread the Word

Resources for Download
 
Video: Introducing the Offering of Letters


Farm Bill cuts Food Stamps 

Statement from Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

Farm Bill Cuts $8 Billion from SNAP
After two years of negotiations, the new farm bill was signed into law this month. Unfortunately, it contained $8.6 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a reduction that puts 78,000 Oregon families at greater risk for hunger by reducing their monthly SNAP benefits. This cut came on top of an earlier $5 billion cut in November 2013.

Many of you may have seen the letter in the Statesman Journal that we co-authored with Oregon Food Bank and Marion-Polk Food Share, describing our concerns about the farm bill legislation.
 
We will continue to make the case in Oregon, and with our elected leaders in Washington D.C., for why SNAP, and other federal nutrition programs, are critical to addressing hunger.

We want to thank everyone who contacted their Congressional representatives and the President to voice opposition to these damaging cuts. Your advocacy helped let our delegation know that SNAP is a critical food resource for Oregon families. Please continue to follow our federal advocacy work by becoming a partner or joining us on Facebook where we share action alerts and updates.






Documenting Hunger: "A Place at the Table"

How is it possible that people in this country continue to go hungry, despite our abundance of food?

A Place at the Table, a new eye-opening documentary, answers that question through the lives of three people. Barbie, a young Philadelphia mother, fights to make ends meet and break the cycle of poverty. Rosie, an imaginative fifth-grader, tries to distract her mind from hunger pangs as she learns and grows in rural Colorado. And Tremonica, a sunny Mississippi second-grader, struggles with health problems caused by the poor nutritional value of the food that her mother can afford. Their stories reveal the depth of the hunger crisis in America and the factors that drive it.

The film also shows that we have made progress against hunger in the past—and that we can do it again.

VIDEO: Watch the trailer for A Place at the Table

We are pleased that the launch of A Place at the Table coincides with Bread for the World's 2013 Offering of Letters. Together, they magnify our focus on ending hunger through changes in public policy. Our association with Participant Media does not end when the film hits theaters across the country. We are also partners on the social action campaign accompanying the film.

Through A Place at the Table's social action campaign, Bread members have more avenues for action — at both the local and the national level. Bread for the World and Participant Media will regularly ask our advocates to take action throughout this joint campaign.






NEW! Bread for the World National Conference Call

Check the calendar to register for the next monthly conference call.

Other Resources

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

 

In the face of historic deficits, 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

 



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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
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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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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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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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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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