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.

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

  • 2014 Hunger Report: Ending Hunger in America

    The 2014 Hunger Report proposes bold steps to end hunger in the United States by 2030. Hunger remains a problem in this wealthy country. About one in seven American households is not always sure where their next meal is coming from. Among children, African-Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos, this...

  • 2013 Hunger Report: Within Reach: Global Development Goals

    The 2013 Hunger Report focuses on the final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline and proposes a new set of global development goals to eliminate hunger and extreme poverty by 2030.

    The report shows how the MDGs have driven progress around the...

  • Strengthening Local Capacity: The Weak Link in Sustainable Development

    Country ownership is critical to achieving development outcomes such as reducing hunger and extreme poverty. Well-functioning state and non-state institutions are necessary elements of an enabling environment — conditions that facilitate countries’ efforts to drive their own development.


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

  • Testimony of David Beckmann to the House Foreign Affairs Committee

    Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee U.S. House of Representatives Hearing – Reforming Food Aid: Desperate Need to Do Better

    Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, members of the committee, thank you for this opportunity to testify. Even more, thank you for your...

  • Congressional Scorecard for 113th Congress

    Voting Record for the 113th Congress

    Shows how senators and representatives voted on legislation that would impact hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. Specifically, this report tracks votes in the 113th Congress—from January 2013 to July 2014, when this...

  • Close the Child Hunger Gap: Support the Summer Meals Act

    Support the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S.613/H.R. 1728)

    Summer meal programs connect low-income children with meals during the summer months. Still, for every 6 low-income children who get a lunch at school every day, only 1 also receives meals during the summer.


Biblical Harvest

November 24, 2015


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