Thrivin’ in Pennsylvania with Rep. Charlie Dent

This weekend, I was invited to participate in a workshop sponsored by Bread for the World in Allentown, Pa. Senior Regional Organizer Larry Hollar spoke to a group of 25 people regarding Bread’s “Expanding the Circle of Protection” campaign, a coalition of Christian denominations and religious organizations who are advocating for the protection of programs vital to hungry and poor people.

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RFD Brian Sweeney and Senior Regional Organizer Larry Hollar with Congressman Charlie Dent

One of the programs encompassed in this circle of protection is Feed the Future. Investing in agriculture is critical because it is the biggest driver of economic growth in developing countries. In the countries where Feed the Future is operational, agricultural productivity is six times higher than the global average.

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People signing their THRIVE postcards to the White House!

Everyone in attendance also had the opportunity to engage Congressman Charlie Dent ,R-Pa., during the workshop to express our concerns. Rep. Dent listened intently and emphasized that in the past few years, our nation has responded to widespread disease and extreme poverty in Africa with historic and heroic life-saving programs that are now showing real results in terms of lives saved on the ground. He also mentioned that these programs are also helping to encourage accountability and good governance. We were all excited to hear the Congressman make these points especially because he sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

People also stopped by the ONE table and filled out their THRIVE postcard to the White House. As you all know, ONE members from all over the country are busy hosting postcard-writing parties urging President Obama to work with other G8 leaders to take bold action so that we can reduce the number of children who are malnourished by 15 million around the world.If you need postcards please contact your Regional Field Director ASAP!

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