Bread November-December 2013

November-December 2013 | Laura Elizabeth Pohl for Bread for the World bread BREAD FOR THE WORLD is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad Jane Sebbi carries scraps of matoke (a type of banana) to feed her pigs in Kamuli, Uganda. In addition to raising animals, Sebbi grows corn, bananas, coffee, amarinth, potatoes, soy beans, common beans and sweet potatoes. Protecting Foreign Assistance During the upheavals over the budget in recent years, Bread for the World and our partners have been successful in maintaining funding for U.S. programs that help hungry and poor people around the world. We have driven a major U.S. initiative focused specifically on hunger, and we have helped to improve the quality of U.S. foreign assistance. Bread will continue to advocate for the protection of programs that provide lifesaving food aid, help thousands of farmers learn increase their yields and incomes, and educate children. Aid Remains Strong in Tough Budget Climate During the George W. Bush and early Obama years, U.S. funding for programs that help reduce poverty around the world tripled to $22 billion annually, in part because of the persistent advocacy of Bread for the World members. This povertyfocused development assistance (PFDA), which accounts for less than one percent (See PFDA on page 2) IN THIS ISSUE | On Faith 3 Bread Slices 4 Policy Focus 5 Member Profile 6 Field Focus 7 Contact Us 8 ACT NOW! Congress has only a short window of time to agree on a budget, sequestration replacement, and the farm bill—legislation that has enormous consequences for struggling families at home and abroad. Call your members of Congress and ask them to: • Replace sequestration with a balanced approach that includes revenues and responsible spending cuts, • Reject any legislation that would cut vital anti-hunger programs, and • Protect SNAP and international food aid from cuts in the farm bill. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.