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…
Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
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Review the Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon Legislative Agenda for Salem.
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.
|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 »
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.
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
|Praying into 2014 I invite you to join Bread for the World and our partners in the Circle of Protection in supporting Caritas Internationalis’ new campaign to end hunger, which is endorsed by Pope Francis. They are calling for people to pray at noon on Dec. 10 in each time zone, starting in Samoa and proceeding west in a “wave of prayer” as the day goes on. Read more »|
|Act Now! At this very moment, leaders in Congress are finalizing a deal on the farm bill. At this critical moment, Congress needs to hear from you. Read more »|
|Bread with Your Coffee, Senator? This is a story of how Bread for the World advocacy methods work. Our story includes a senator, a barista, and a wealthy fundraiser; but this isn’t a tale of inside-the-Beltway intrigue. Read more »|
|On Faith: Listening with Heart When I read the story of Jesus’ birth recently, what stood out was not the journey to Bethlehem or the birth of Jesus in such humble conditions, but rather Mary’s response to who Jesus is. Read more »|
|Policy Focus: Limited Time Left Congress has only a few days left to finish the farm bill and reach a budget agreement that addresses some of the sequester. Read more »|
|Welcoming New Board Members and Officers Bread for the World members recently elected new members of its board of directors, joining 25 returning board members. Read more »|