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Bereans Attend Bread for the World Workshop

Feb. 25 - A group of fifteen Berea College students and staff attended a regional workshop organized by Bread for the World in Lexington, Kentucky.

Fifteen BC students and staff attended the Bread for the World Workshop in Lexington.

Bread for the World (BFW) is a national Christian interdenominational organization based in Washington, DC that works to end hunger in the US and abroad through bipartisan legislative efforts. BFW members are organized by congressional districts into local networks to lobby their congress members. The workshop on February 25 educated participants about the 2006 campaign to address hunger and poverty: "One Spirit, One Will, Zero Poverty."

The 2006 campaign aims to increase poverty-focused development assistance in the 2007 federal budget. Kentucky’s Senators Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell and Representative Ben Chandler serve on key congressional committees that either fund or oversee foreign assistance.

For many students in attendance, the day made a huge impact. Dallyda Tachi ’09, whose family emigrated to Tennessee from Zaire when she was seven, remarked: "I was moved by how many people are trying to end poverty and hunger and it touched me that people do care about the world." Japanese exchange student Mai Imamura said, "the workshop gave me great ideas one after another, and I felt as if the distance from the issues shortened a little bit." Current staff member and recent graduate Janet Garrison ’05, summed up her experience by saying, "Saturday was a day for sowing seeds in anticipation of a bountiful harvest. I pray that one day the poor and hungry both here and abroad will reap from this harvest." Students have begun to plan for letter-writing campaigns on campus.

For more information about BFW and this year’s campaign visit the link below, or contact regional organizer Larry Hollar at lhollar@bread.org.

*This article was written and submitted by Betty Hibler, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Berea College.

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