Bread January-February 2013

January-February 2013 | Laura Elizabeth Pohl/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 Mary, 3, plays in the trees near her home in Kamuli, Uganda. Her aunt, Jane Sebbi, farms matoke and other vegetables near these trees. Prospects for children like Mary have improved thanks to global development goals and a concerted effort by the international community. The 2013 Hunger Report, Within Reach, highlights this progress. In this new year, Bread for the World is urging the president and Congress to set a goal and work together to end hunger. Looking Back, Moving Forward Resilience and innovation. These two words perhaps best describe the work of Bread for the World over the past three years. December 2012 marked the completion of Bread’s most recent three-year plan, our fifth such plan since we started the practice in 1998. The completion of the plan presents an opportunity to look back on what we have accomplished and gird ourselves for the challenges ahead. “The last three years have certainly been very productive, despite the economic and political challenges facing our nation,” said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute. “Against all odds, Bread has achieved many of its internal and legislative goals.” From 2010-2012, Bread for the World met or surpassed most of its benchmarks, as evidenced by its annual organization-wide evaluation. The assessment, which is handled by the Institute, was developed in 2007 with the help of the Center for Nonprofit Strategies. It is based on how Bread for the World and its affiliates impact the lives of hungry and poor people at home and abroad. (See Bread on page 2) in this issue | On Faith 4 Policy Focus 5 Member Profile 6 Bread Slices 7 Contact Us 8 Act Now! As President Barack Obama is inaugurated for his final term and the 113th Congress convenes, remind both of those branches of government about their obligation to hungry people. • Join us now in praying for President Obama and asking that he and Congress work together to enact a plan to end hunger. To sign our petition to the president, visit www.bread. org/makeithappen. • Call your senators and representative and say: “As you look towards your agenda for the next two years, I urge you make ending hunger a top priority in the 113th Congress.” To be connected to your member of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.