About Bread for the World Institute

Bread for the World Institute provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute educates opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public about hunger in the U.S. and abroad. It was created in 1975 as the policy research arm of Bread for the World.

Bread for the World Institute is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

2016 Hunger Report. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Annual Hunger Report

The Institute publishes a book-length Hunger Report every year. Each edition focuses on a topic that adds to the public’s understanding of the root causes of hunger and malnutrition. Recommendations for policy changes based on the report’s analysis guide Bread for the World’s advocacy.

The 2016 Hunger Report Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality offers recommendations for healthcare providers, anti-hunger advocates, and policymakers to help make a healthier, hunger-free U.S. a reality. A new study commissioned by Bread for the World Institute and featured in the report, shows that last year alone, hunger and food insecurity increased health expenditures in the United States by $160 billion.

The 2015 Hunger Report is When Women Flourish … We Can End Hunger. It shows that the empowerment of women and girls is essential in ending hunger, extreme poverty, and malnutrition around the world and in the U.S. The report examines three areas in which progress is essential to achieving gender equality.

The 2014 report, Ending Hunger in America, provides a detailed, four-part plan to end hunger in the U.S.

Other resources

The Institute also produces briefing papers, fact sheets, and infographics. All resources are designed for an audience of policymakers and activists.

Areas of focus

The Institute’s current analysis and advocacy areas include:

  • global hunger and poverty
  • U.S. hunger and poverty
  • U.S. international development assistance
  • global sustainable development goals
  • maternal/child nutrition
  • food security and smallholder agriculture
  • immigration

A foundation for advocacy

The Institute helps to strengthen Bread as a trusted voice in national life. Being a trusted voice requires solid analysis of policies, which the Institute produces.

In addition, there is a need to communicate results of government policies and programs in ways that help activists create social change. Nonpartisan analysis and effective presentation of action steps make the Institute a strong partner for the advocacy that Bread for the World carries out.

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The 2016 Hunger Report by the Numbers

    Each year since 2008, the number of food-insecure people in the United States has hovered between 48 million and 50 million, approximately one in six people in the country.

    Food insecurity increases, by nearly 50 percent, a person’s chances of becoming a high-cost user of healthcare...

  • Informe 2016, en cifras

    Cada año desde el 2008, el número de personas que padecen inseguridad alimentaria en los Estados Unidos se ha mantenido entre 48 y 50 millones, lo que supone aproximadamente 1 de cada 6 personas en el país. 

    La inseguridad alimentaria aumenta la probabilidad de ser un usuario de servicios...

  • The Cost of Hunger

    Last year hunger and food insecurity cost the U.S. $160 billion in health expenditures.

For Faith

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

  • Bread for the World Sunday

    Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others — in thousands of churches across the country — in living out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders...

  • The Bible and Immigration Reform

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to advocacy on immigration reform.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

For Advocacy

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population....

  • Guía de Acción Cívica

    Provee una explicación en gran parte seglar, de cómo Pan para el Mundo lleva a cabo su abogacía ante el Congreso de los Estados Unidos. Explica el proceso legislativo a nivel federal, y cómo los activistas de Pan, como votantes por sus representantes federales, pueden ser partícipes en éste...

  • La Base Bíblica para Abogar con el Propósito de Erradicar el Hambre

    Este folleto presenta los temas generales de la Biblia que guían los objetivos de Pan para el Mundo en sus esfuerzos para acabar con el hambre. Además de los versículos bíblicos aquí citados, hay muchas otras referencias a los pobres y hambrientos en la Biblia, y Jesús habló muchas veces acerca...


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