Sunday, June 13, 2021

Bread Southwest Regional Meeting Features Two Great Speakers

Bread for the World's Quarterly Online gathering featured two great speakers. Lilly Middleton from Arizona spoke why foreign was an important element in promoting global nutrition. Patty Keane from New Mexico discussed a myriad of topics related to our Offering of Letters, which centers on Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Here is a video recording (courtesy of regional organizer Lupe Conchas) of the meeting attended by several dozen Bread members and anti-hunger activists from Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Below are screenshots of the recording. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bread SW Regional Gathering to Address Child Nutrition, Other Topics

The Southwest Regional Gathering of Bread for the World on Friday,, June 11, will center on the the Child Tax Credit, Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Global Nutrition and discussing a potential advocacy meeting with The White House. One of the featured presenters on the topic of child nutrition is our friend Patty Keane.


Wednesday, June 02, 2021

U.S. Rep.-elect Stansbury Pledges to Address Systemic Hunger

In an article summarizing the results of our special election in New Mexico Congressional District #1, the news magazine Roll Call pointed to one of the priorities of US Representative-elect. "In Congress, Stansbury says, she will push for legislation to expand food and income support programs to address systemic hunger."

But we already knew this about Melanie. She played an integral role in helping a broad coalition of non-governmental organizations and coalitions put together the comprehensive food, hunger and water bill that was approved in the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee. The initiative did not come up for a vote in the House floor, and Melanie explained why during her presentation at the Interfaith Hunger Coalition's Hunger and the 2021 New Mexico State Legislature. We posted Melanie's segment first, followed by the video of the full program, which also includes Pam Roy from the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council and Kurt Rager from the Lutheran Advocacy New Mexico.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

'We feed you only for the sake of God'

Distribution of food boxes by Islamic Center of New Mexico's Sisters' Food Project 

 "We feed you only for the sake of God. We seek from you neither reward nor thanks." - Qur'an 76:9

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Emerging from Lockdown in Hyderabad

By Bhavana Nissima 

(Editor's Note: The author, a resident of Hyderabad in central India, taught communications, research service learning, women studies at the University of New Mexico, in the 2000s and 2010s. With India facing a severe health emergency because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections, many residents of that country are in lockdown. "The situation is terrible in my city with massive shortage of oxygen cylinders and ventilator/icu beds," said the author. In this piece posted on social media in early May, she offers a glimpse of her personal experience in Hyderabad).

Good morning folks. I finally stepped out of home yesterday and saw my first live humans in ten days. It felt so good when the owner of sweetshop waited on the top of his stairs until our eyes connected, greeted and then went on his way.

And I met my coconut seller. He smiled and told he had his first vaccine dose. And pulled out his new face shield -- I got this too, he said with eyes glistening.

A man twinkling through this Pandemic. Alive, awake.

Two months back I had asked him for his review of last year. He shared about how the coconut business works, the massive network of humans originating from Karnataka, coconut growers, the gatherers, the trucks, the gatherers in Telangana and how it reaches him.

All of them relatives, he said firmly. I had stared at him, wondering if "relative" is a way of saying or actual social-blood connection. And their business had done well. They had jazzed the challenges of transport and transit, he declared.

I realised I was holding him as this lonely coconut vendor in an uncaring street, selling a fruit for measly amount of money. What I didn't notice was he didn't experience himself as alone. He was an aspect of a community in flow. And he knew that flow was robust. Like an ant trail.

He wasn't shaken by the Pandemic. Not then, not now.

I envied him greatly.

And I watched him as he filled my bottles with coconut water. How he pokes a coconut, senses it with his whole-body-relative knowing, performing the coconut seller ritual, how he sometimes stands with his arms on his waist frustrated, and then goes to search in another heap. And how he slices off the top, pierces a hole and pours.

He is present. He is present.

And I thought, those of us who can breathe, are we breathing? Are we aware of how the air touches the roof of our nostrils, how the chest heaves, and how it makes its way inside?

Are we all here? Here where time has ceased to be.

This is my wish for you today -- that you can return to your breath multiple times in the day.

Take care you ❤️

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Offering of Letters: Urge Congress to Expand Anti-Hunger Programs

This year’s Offering of Letters builds on last year’s work as Bread members will continue to urge Congress to expand anti-hunger programs in response to the pandemic and increase funding for domestic and global nutrition programs.

Explore the newly redesigned website, available in English and Spanish, which has everything you need to organize or participate in your very own Offering of Letters with your friends and family, church, campus, or community this year. Bread’s team of regional organizers are always here to help you use your gifts and story to advocate for an end to hunger.

Save the Children Action Network Seeks to Boost WIC Program

Because of the pandemic, moms are working harder than ever to keep their kids healthy, safe and fed. Moms want the best for their kids. 
But job losses and a lack of affordable child care have resulted in many moms struggling to provide nourishing food to their kids.
That’s why it’s critical that Congress makes the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program work better for moms. WIC provides vital nutrition to pregnant women, postpartum moms and young children.

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, from May 3 through 9, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) is organizing a WIC Week of Action. "Our goal is to raise awareness among the public and Congress about the need to improve WIC."

Here are some practical ways to get involved. 

Sign a Virtual Mother's Day Card to our New Mexico Congressional Delegation

Learn more about recommended improvements to WIC

Attend Virtual Panel with National WIC Association on May 6 (Register Here

Check Out SCAN's Toolkit

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Study: Chama Valley Students Experience High Food Insecurity Rates

Shortly after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Foundation organized pilot programs addressing the needs of far-flung (“frontier”) communities in the state. 

One working group, in partnership with the Chama Valley Independent Schools (CVIS), investigated food insecurity in student households in Northern Rio Arriba County. The study emerged as a response to area community leaders expressing concern about hunger in households with children. 

The study demonstrated that often county wide data on food insecurity obscures the real conditions in sub-county frontier areas. For example, food insecurity in the CVIS households studied was three times the food security data reported about Rio Arriba County. 

Here are some snippets from the study

  • Northern Rio Arriba Area(NORA) is a FrontierArea*at the very northern end of Rio Arriba County. The Chama Valley Independent School(CVIS) District serves most communities within NORA.
  • 111 randomly selected households, representing 209 students were queried about food security between mid-2019 and mid-2020.
  • Students in the sampled households represent 54% of the total number of students enrolled in the 2019-2020 CVIS school year. 
  • Of these 209 students a total of 62 students (over 29%)resided in households experiencing Severe and Serious food hardships.
  •  The Covid 19 Pandemic further weakened an already fragile economy in Northern Rio Arriba County. UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research” projected it would be sometime in 2023 or 2024 when employment levels approach pre-pandemic figures. 
  • As economic recovery reaches Frontier rural areas later than the rest of the state, this crisis in food insecurity in families with school age children may persist into 2025-26.

 Here is the full study

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Hunger and the 2021 State Legislature (Three Segments)

 Pam Roy, director of Farm to Table New Mexico and coordinator of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, was a panelist at the Interfaith Hunger Coalition's online forum on April 12, 2021. The Zoom event featured a discussion of the anti-hunger legislation addressed during the 2021 session of the New Mexico State Legislature.

What is the role of faith-based advocacy in the New Mexico State Legislature? Kurt Rager, director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico, offers his insights on how his organization and others respond to hunger and poverty initiatives addressed by the legislature.


Kurt Rager also spoke about two important issues that LAM-NM (and its partner the New Mexico Conference of Churches) supported: Early Childhood Education and a cap on interest rates for short-term loans (sometimes known as payday loans). 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Op-Ed: Meaningful work: A look through a (Food Depot) volunteer's eyes

Elizabeth Heller Allen wrote an excellent opinion piece in the Santa Fe New Mexican on April 10.  Here is an excerpt followed by the link to the full piece. 

I am one of The Food Depot’s 1,100 volunteers. Today, I am part of a smaller group headed to its Siler Road facility to help with a food distribution. By the time I reach the corner of Siler Road and Aqua Fría Street, there is a line of cars at least a half-mile long, waiting for the gates to open at 7 a.m.

A wonky person would say The Food Depot addresses “food insecurity.” True. But those words mask the immediate problem — hunger. Nothing good happens when people are hungry.

Read full  piece

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Online Event: Not All Food is Created Equal

Please join Equal Exchange Organizer Danielle Robidoux and Banana Sales Strategist Emily Gove for a deep look at our food system, what’s wrong with it, and how Equal Exchange has been doing things differently since 1986.

Equal Exchange is one of the largest alternative trade organizations in the world, one of the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the US, and one of the pioneers of fair trade coffee in this country. We live in a world where corporations control the rules of the game, consumers are disempowered and have the illusion of choice, and farmers and workers are perpetually exploited. How can we build a democratic food system that prioritizes consumers, workers, farmers, and our planet?
Register Now!

Glenn Rosendale Receives KOB-4 'Pay it Forward' Recognition

 "Maria Duran has seen firsthand how Glenn Rosendale’s work has touched the lives of those who live in Albuquerque’s International District and beyond.

"I decided to nominate Glenn Rosendale. He is an incredible volunteer who started the St. Francis Catholic Worker House,” Duran said. 

Duran said Glenn is in charge of running the agency for the homeless. 

"He really is totally dedicated to this area,” Duran said." Read more in this KOB-TV 4 report

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Walk with Us on The Way of the Resurrection

Easter Blessings!
For the Easter Season, Rev. Susan Allison-Hatch, with assistance from David McGuire of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (music and vocals) and me (simple video), has prepared The Way of the Resurrection, a reflection resource to guide us over the next several weeks. Susan will be sending out this resource this evening, and we will be posting links on this FB site and others. The guide in a small way is a substitute for the Urban Way of the Cross, which for a number or reasons, we were unable to put together this year. 
For each stop, you'll see a hyperlink that will lead you to a post on the BreadNM blog. Just click the link. Then when you arrive at the site on the Way of Resurrection, read the text and click on the picture. When you click on the picture, just wait a few seconds for the sung response to begin. As you walk this way of resurrection, linger at the stops along the way. You may want to go back and make another stop along the Way of Resurrection. If that be the case, simply return to this page and click on the on the link to the site you want to visit. Or you may want to linger where you are. If that be the case, simply let the image and the music remain with you for the day. Listen to the voice of the Spirit in your heart. 
Let the stops in this Way of Resurrection be to you signposts of new life--new life in Christ and new life in God's creation. Let the words of scripture, the accompanying image, and the sung response stay with you throughout the day. Perhaps an image will be the lens through which you look out at the world. Play that sung response in your throughout your day. Let it be a prayer that shapes the world you see. And then say "thanks". 
Another word on how to access the music that accompanies these words. To hear the responses sung, follow the hyperlinks that accompany each stop. These links will lead you to the Bread New Mexico Blog where the postings for each stop appear. Just a reminder. Thank you for joining us in this Way of Resurrection.   -Rev. Susan Allison-Hatch
The guide has six reflections. 
The Way of Resurrection: We Walk
The Way of Resurrection: New Life
The Way of Resurrection: A Hand Held Out
The Way of Resurrection: Children Laughing
The Way of Resurrection: Standing by Our Side
The Way of Resurrection: Show Your Love

Saturday, April 03, 2021

The Way of Resurrection: Show Your Love

John 20: 15-19

After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Jesus then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.” Then Jesus said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “You know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Sung Response 

 You say, “Tend my lambs and feed my sheep” (We walk your way) You say, “Care for my children tenderly” (We walk with Christ)

Refrain We walk the Way. The way, with Christ.