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  • In the East Room of the White House, President Obama hosts an annual prayer breakfast to mark the beginning of Holy Week.



  • During his remarks at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, the President focused on the importance of freedom of religion -– not only in America, but also around the world.



  • Posted by Melissa Rogers and Eric Treene on January 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Today is Religious Freedom Day, marking the anniversary of the passage of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which ultimately provided the inspiration and framework of the First Amendment’s religion clauses.



  • Posted by Josh Dickson on January 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Over the past 50 years, federal programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Headstart and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have played a critical role in the national effort to fight poverty.



  • Posted by David Myers on December 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    The story of Washington, IL, and Bethany Community Church following Hurricane Katrina is a reminder of the care and compassion that faith-based organizations can provide all survivors in times of disaster. Their story reinforces the power of a whole community, “survivor centric” approach and the important role and responsibility of faith leaders in preparing their communities before disasters strike.



  • Posted by Matt Nosanchuk on December 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    On Thursday, December 5, the President and Mrs. Obama welcomed members of the American Jewish community to the White House to celebrate Hanukkah.



  • Posted by Susan K. Donius on December 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    In honor of the Festival of Lights that is currently in progress, here is a gallery of Presidential Hanukkah celebrations and menorahs from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.



  • Posted by Gautam Raghavan on November 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Tomorrow, the White House will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, for the fifth time since President Obama took office. This year, First Lady Michelle Obama will provide remarks and light the diya, or lamp.



  • Posted by Melissa Rogers on November 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    With the Summer Food Service Program, USDA subsidizes nutritious summer lunches for students who need them and works with community partners to deliver those meals.



  • Posted by Melissa Rogers on September 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Last year, President Obama articulated an ambitious and multifaceted agenda to combat human trafficking in his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. This week, the Administration took two important steps to advance that agenda.