Oregon Bread for the World

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.

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…

Email Your Representative now: BonamiciBlumenauerSchraderWydenMerkley, DeFazioWalden(Find your Rep)

Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Join the Oregon Bread Team, work with us to reduce the scourge of hunger from our country and our world ( Email )

Review the Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon Legislative Agenda for Salem.

October 12, 2010 at 5:20 am Leave a comment

Future of Food Stamps / Snap

A longtime goal of some in Congress is to change the Food Stamp or Snap program from a federal entitlement program to a block grant that gets turned over to the states. The possibility of this happening has increased dramatically with the recent election. The federal entitlement status allows the program to automatically increase when the need is greatest during a recession. This helps make Food Stamps an effective program in fighting hunger in the US, a program we really cannot do without. Block granting the program would lose this ability to expand when the need is greater.

For this reason Bread has opposed efforts to block grant the program, and will keep us informed of actions we need to take this year to tell your elective representatives to oppose it as well. More updates we be available as the news warrants it.

For more information see: Block Grants 101

January 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Bread for the World: Legislative Update

Act Now

The 115th Congress is in session and congressional leadership plans to introduce a proposal that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation.

Call Your Senators

Tell your senators to make ending hunger by 2030 a priority and to not repeal the Affordable Care Act until a comparable replacement plan is determined. Call (800-826-3688) your senators today.

So far, the Republican leadership has not proposed a replacement. Repealing the ACA without a responsible replacement could lead to millions of Americans having to choose between paying for food or paying for their medication.

Watch for action alerts. For additional talking points, contact organizing@bread.org or call 800/822-7323.

January 8, 2017 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Bread Enews 2015-10-10

Bread Galvanizes Support for Ending Hunger Among U.S. Faith Community During Pope’s Visit

Through various events and outreach efforts during the visit of Pope Francis last month, Bread for the World rallied the faith community around the goal of ending hunger by 2030. Read more.

The Pope and Politics

The pope’s visit to the U.S. last month was religion and politics, faith and government intersecting at the highest level. Read more.

Pledge to End Hunger Along the Pope’s Path

The pope’s U.S. visit helped shine a light on many issues contributing to hunger, such as poverty, climate change, immigration, and apathy. Read more.

In wake of Francis’ visit, Congress gets a list of ‘must-do’ tasks

Pope Francis brought humility and a sense of shared purpose to that place in Washington known for distrust, dysfunction, and division: the U.S. Congress. Read more.

Join us for a Week of Prayer for an End to Hunger Oct. 12-18. Prayer is not just a way to communicate with God. It also empowers us to do what God requires. Read more.

Bread has won a 2015 Thoth Award, which are given annually by the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Last chance to get your Bread for the World Sunday Resources

2016 Hunger Report Coming Soon

October 13, 2015 at 6:18 am Leave a comment

Bread 2014-Dec Enews

Congress Gets a Makeover

Last month’s midterm elections changed the face of Congress. Starting in January, when the new Congress is seated, the Republican Party will be in control of both chambers. With the executive branch still under control of the Democrats, the country will have a definitively divided government. The country can expect continued gridlock and partisan conflict, as we have already seen. This will probably intensify as the 2016 presidential election gets closer. Read more.

World Bank President Praises Bread at Annual Gala

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, lauded the work of Bread for the World and its goal of ending hunger by 2030 at the 11th Annual Gala to End Hunger in New York City on Nov. 17. Read more.

Millions of Immigrants Offered Temporary Legalization via Immigration Overhaul

During a televised address to the nation on Nov. 20, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) legalization program. It’s an ominous-sounding name for a program with the primary goal of legalizing almost half of all 11.2 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Read more.

What Can Congress Do in This Lame-Duck Session?

With the midterm elections behind them, members of Congress are now back in Washington working through a short work period commonly referred to as a lame-duck session. They are expected to work until Dec. 11. Read more.

Moving From Fear to No Fear, From Thanksgiving to Advent

When we take our fears to God in prayer, the overwhelming recognition of God’s love for all of us can transform our fear into thankfulness and our thankfulness into action and advocacy. Read more.

Call your representative today and urge him or her to support the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 5656). Read more.

Bread for the World Institute’s 2015 Hunger Report Launched

Bread Slices: Last Chance for Bread Christmas Cards, Giving at Year’s End, Rick Steves’ Christmas Challenge to You, and more!

Top Blog Posts: November 2014

Infographic: One in Three

December 13, 2014 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Bread 2014-Oct Enews

Bread Highlights the 10 Hungriest and Poorest States
In September, the U.S. government released figures for both hunger and poverty for the nation. Annual figures look at the previous year, and statistics showed that for 2013, there was a slight decrease in both hunger and poverty. However, Bread believes that too many Americans are still living in these conditions. Read more »
Act Now!
Nearly 50 million Americans are at risk of hunger, and more than 45 million Americans live below the level of poverty. This is unacceptable! Read more »
An Individual’s Connection to the World’s Hot Spots Today
What can one person do to create peace and calm in far-away places? Read more »
Congress Pauses for Elections but Leaves Full Plate of Work
While in session in September, Congress took care of some business related to hunger and poverty. Read more »

October 13, 2014 at 3:44 am Leave a comment

Bread Enews 2014-06

Bread Wins Important Nutrition Victories
The U.S. government has been making significant progress on the nutrition front in the fight against hunger in the last few months. Bread has been involved in these positive developments. Read more »
Building Bipartisan Momentum for Food Aid
Food-aid reform, the focus of Bread’s 2014 Offering of Letters, scored a victory on May 22 in the Senate Appropriations Committee agriculture bill markup. Read more »
Policy Focus: Congress Kicks Around Many Funding Options
It is a busy season for considering the many funding options for federal programs and other hunger-related matters, including international food aid. Read more »
On Faith: The Cost of Living Sumptuously Every Day
Are we truly prepared to pay the cost of living sumptuously every day while one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each and every night? Read more »
The More Things Change …
Bread is marking its 40th anniversary in 2014. One of our staff members found a newsletter from December 1981. Read more »

Field Focus: Reforming U.S. Food Aid

Since the beginning of Food for Peace, developments in food science and nutrition have taught us a lot about the effectiveness of food-aid commodities.

Read More »

June 10, 2014 at 6:17 am Leave a comment

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.

April 9, 2014 at 4:18 am Leave a comment

Bread Enews 2014-03

The Federal Budget Mill Now that President Barack Obama has submitted his proposed FY 2015 budget, it is worth reviewing the annual budget process – and why it is such a crucial part of Bread’s advocacy work. This article has two web-only bonuses not included in the print edition: a timeline of the budget process and a list of what’s in the “basket” of poverty-focused development assistance (PFDA). Read more »
Member Profile: In the Beginning As Bread for the World begins its 40th anniversary year, Rev. Arthur Simon, Bread’s founder, reflects on how the organization started. Read more »
Advocacy in Action: Gathered and Sent “We are facing a goal worthy of our generation … It is the defeat of humanity’s oldest enemies: poverty, hunger.” Read more »
Policy Focus: Two Steps Forward This year’s Offering of Letters campaign brings Bread members on a journey of urging Congress to make reforms to our federal government’s programs that provide food aid overseas. Read more »
Field Focus: Farmers Feed Refugees in Rwanda By purchasing food locally, USAID and WFP are able to save considerable time and money. Read more »

Act Now!

Contact your members of Congress, and tell them you support robust funding for poverty-focused development assistance programs in all upcoming budget and appropriations negotiations.

Read More »

March 14, 2014 at 5:35 am Leave a comment

Bread Enews 2014-02

Bread in 2014, Sliced and Quartered As we set out on another year of advocacy, here is an overview of what you, our members, can expect in our work together. It will be a busy year of several campaigns and issue themes—some familiar, some new—running at various times and sometimes simultaneously. Read more »
Getting Your Congregation Involved in an Offering of Letters We are often asked, “How do I get started with the Offering of Letters?” Organizing a letter-writing event to urge our leaders to help hungry people around the world is easier than many think. Read more »
A Gem Worth More Than $800 Million Despite gradual cuts to the overall international affairs budget in the last three years, poverty-focused development assistance (PFDA) accounts grew in FY 2014 by more than $800 million. Read more »
State of the Union: Words Not There, but Speech Hit Right Topics President Obama reiterated his focus on strengthening the economic safety net and developing strategic community partnerships both domestically and abroad. Read more »
Establishing a Moral Government We must push our leaders to play a significant role in stemming hunger, poverty, and disease at home and abroad. Bread uses its influence to call for policies that are characteristic of a moral government. Read more »
The State of Poverty 50 Years Ago and Now

This year marks a half century since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the War on Poverty. Bread for the World welcomes a new bipartisan debate about how to reduce poverty in the United States.

Read More »

Also in this issue:
SNAP: It’s a Mixed Bag
Bread Slices: 2014 Offering of Letters, Bread for the World’s 40th Anniversary Dinner, the Hunger-Free Communities Summit, and more!
Take Our Bread Newsletter Survey!

February 15, 2014 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

Farm bill to cut Food Stamps, please urge your reps and senators to vote against it!

Oregon Food Bank is extremely disappointed that the congressional farm bill committee has approved a bill that includes a draconian cut of $8.6 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Oregon Food Bank opposes this bill because of the inclusion of this deep cut to food benefits that will lead to increased hunger in our state. In fact, Oregon would be disproportionately impacted because it is one of just 15 states that utilize the USDA option this bill restricts. If the conference bill is approved, Congress would cut benefits for 78,000 Oregon households, each of which would lose an average of $58 a month. That’s more than 22 meals – enough for a family member to eat for a week.
Beyond the immediate impact on families that struggle to purchase enough food, this cut would cause Oregon to lose $54.3 million in SNAP benefits per year. This is money that is spent in grocery stores and farmers’ markets across the state and helps support local businesses.
The farm bill proposal comes on the heels of an $11-billion cut in SNAP benefits last November that reduced benefits for all participating households.
The bill now goes to both chambers of the U.S. Congress – the Senate and House of Representatives – for full votes.
Please voice your support for Oregon families experiencing hunger. Email your Senators and House member to tell them to oppose the farm bill with its $8.6-billion SNAP cut.


Nate Reaver Advocacy & Community Engagement Coordinator Oregon Food Bank

January 28, 2014 at 7:43 am Leave a comment

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