Mission: To advocate for changes in policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, both in the united states and around the world.
Programs: Public education: bread continued to publish fact sheets and monthly newsletters to inform its more than 74,000 members and more than 230,000 individuals participating in its online community on various issues concerning hunger and poverty. In addition to legislative issues, some of the issues included hunger among older americans and hunger among female-headed households. Key publications are in english and spanish. Bread for the world's website and blogs educated the public on various issues concerning hunger and poverty. For example, bread for the world used the occasion of the world cup to focus its blog on the great advances many of the participating countries and players have made in fighting hunger and poverty. Bread's 2014 national gathering event occurred in june. The event brought together more than 700 people from around the country to learn about and advocate on the reform of u. S. Food aid and passage of comprehensive immigration reform. Our educational activities also included a revival of the lazarus musical played at howard university which was attended by over 900 people. We produced a video on civics for millennials that will be used to educate young people about the importance of using their voices to advocate for public policies that they support.
outreach and advocacy: bread continues to work to make hunger and poverty a national priority through a series of advocacy achievements in washington. During 2014, bread for the world members sent more than 200,000 letters and emails and made thousands of calls to congress. We could not have had as much impact, or affected so many issues, even five years ago. Bread for the world's 2014 offering of letters campaign urged congress to reform u. S. Food aid so it is more efficient and benefits millions more hungry people at no additional cost to taxpayers. Churches across the country held offerings of letters to congress on this issue. Grassroots leader activists also pushed for reform. The results were that over 107,000 letters and over 22,000 personal emails were sent, and over 7,600 calls were made to congress on this issue. Nearly 300 participants in bread for the world's 2014 lobby day visited capitol hill to educate congressional members and their staffs about policies that help hungry people and to advocate for legislation to decrease hunger and poverty. Specifically, they urged congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and reject harmful changes to u. S. Food-aid programs. We won reforms that allowed u. S. Food aid to reach 1. 5 million more of the world's most desperate people in 2014 and, later in the year, blocked an attempt to increase shipper subsidies that would have reduced the reach of the u. S. Food aid program by 2 million people a year. Bread for the world did more on this issue than any other organization and chaired the reform coalition. Congress increased funding for poverty-focused international development assistance for the fourth year in a row, this year from $23 to $25 billion in response to the ebola crisis. Bread for the world is one of the four main organizations that work on this issue. The increase in development assistance for 2015 included an additional $130 million to help reduce poverty in the central american countries from which most undocumented immigrants are coming. Bread for the world and its members were the main source of support for this obama proposal. Bread for the world also urged congress to pass legislation that supported development-assistance programs, including a call for the secretary of state and the usaid administrator to develop a strategy to address the key "push factors" in high migrant sending countries in central america. As a result of our efforts combined with others, a huge appropriations bill at the end of the year included no significant cuts to domestic, poverty-focused programs. The coalition for immigration reform failed in congress, but achieved an executive order that may temporarily relieve up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from the risk of deportation and thus give them new opportunities for education and jobs. Bread for the world has been one among many actors on this issue. At this time, the executive order has been put on hold while its constitutionality is considered by the court system.
public policy: bread continues efforts, on our own and with the circle of protection coalition of church leaders, to protect anti-poverty programs from funding cuts. Bread for the world participated in the first-ever feed the future global forum in may. Rev. David beckmann, bread's president, gave the keynote address. The forum convened 300 preeminent leaders from the public and private sectors who are driving the implementation of feed the future and other complementary efforts around the world. Bread's press outreach in 2014 generated 1,521 media placements and 3. 88 billion media impressions. Most media impressions were generated through traditional print media and their online versions and wire agencies. We also conducted five radio tours, resulting in 74 placements and 264 million media impressions.