IN RECOGNITION OF THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BREAD FOR THE WORLD
(Extensions of Remarks - June 09, 2014)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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     IN RECOGNITION OF THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BREAD FOR THE WORLD

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                          HON. SPENCER BACHUS

                               of alabama

                    in the house of representatives

                          Monday, June 9, 2014

  Mr. BACHUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of Representatives 
Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, Frank Wolf of Virginia, Xavier Becerra 
of California, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, and Marcia Fudge of Ohio 
in recognition of Bread for the World's 40th anniversary. Bread for the 
World is a bipartisan Christian movement committed to ending hunger and 
poverty in the United States and around the world.
  Founded in 1974 by the Rev. Arthur Simon, Bread for the World began 
as a small group of Catholics and Protestants who realized that 
mobilizing people of faith to influence U.S. policies can address the 
causes of and help to end hunger. Today, Bread for the World has grown 
in size and influence, with over 72,000 members, 5,500 congregations 
and more than 50 denominations. Bread for the World is now the largest 
grassroots advocacy network on hunger issues in the United States.
  Each year, Bread for the World members across the country conduct an 
Offering of Letters in their church. But rather than an offering of 
money, it is an offering of hand-written letters to Congress on one 
policy issue that will affect hunger in the U.S. and around the world. 
This successful advocacy tool has helped make tremendous progress in 
eradicating hunger and poverty.
  Over the last 40 years, the faith community has played a significant 
role, which has resulted in policies that strengthened our national 
nutrition programs; provided debt relief to the world's poorest 
countries; reduced child mortality rates worldwide; extended tax 
credits for low-income working families; and developed a national 
strategy for maternal and child nutrition.
  Bread for the World strongly believes that, with political will, we 
can end hunger within our lifetime. We applaud and support Bread for 
the World's goal of making hunger a national priority.
  Mr. Speaker, please join us in congratulating Bread for the World for 
40 years of advocacy, and urge that its members continue to be a voice 
for years to come for those whom Scripture calls ``the least of 
these.''

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