My wife, Joann, and I are proud members of Bread for the World.
Why? Because, for example: “Is not this the fast that I choose? To loose the bonds of injustice…to break every yoke? …It is not to share your bread with the hungry?” (Isaiah 58:6-7)
The biblical call for justice compels us to raise our voice on behalf of poor and hungry people here in the U.S. and around the globe. What good does that do? In the words of Bread’s President, Rev. David Beckmann:
In November, Congress approved the fiscal year 2012 agriculture budget, which provided funds for international food aid. And just last weekend, Congress approved the rest of fiscal year 2012 funding, which will help save lives:
- No drastic cuts were made to funding for poverty-focused development assistance. Funding for FY12 will be $21.3 billion, compared to $21.4 billion in 2011.
- No drastic cuts were made to international food aid. Food aid cuts proposed earlier in the year would have thrown 14 million of the world’s most desperate people off food aid rations.
- No drastic cuts were made to WIC. The proposed WIC cut would have deprived 300,000 children and mothers of nutrition assistance this year.
These victories are a testament to the impact Bread members had in calling for a circle of protection around poverty-focused development assistance.
We’re Bread members because Bread is doing all it can to bring God’s dream for a world without hunger and poverty to life.
Are you a Bread member? If not, what are you doing to fight hunger and poverty?