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Forty Years of Faithful Advocacy: 1974 to 2014

Bread for the World's 40th anniversary is an opportunity for us to give thanks to God for the amazing progress that has been achieved toward our goal of ending hunger.

The lives of millions of children have been saved from starvation and malnutrition, partly as the result of our persistent advocacy.

Our anniversary celebration is also a tribute to Art Simon as well as to all of the other “founders” who were sought out and enlisted by Art in those early years.

We are able to celebrate these 40 years because of the remarkable generosity and faithful advocacy of thousands of churches and tens of thousands of individuals.

This outpouring of gifts has enabled Bread for the World to be persistent and increasingly influential in urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger.

Today, we rededicate ourselves to this important work, confident that God’s grace in Jesus Christ gives us strength and hope to continue to be a part of God’s great work of liberating hungry people.

40th Anniversary Special Features:

Rev. Art Simon is the founder of Bread for the World

Video: Writing Hunger into History

"We began with a tiny seed of an idea, but the seed had life and, when planted, God gave growth." – Art Simon

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Bread for the World was established in 1974, with Rev. Art Simon, as founder-president.

Photographic Timeline

"God's grace in Jesus Christ gives us strength and hope to be a part of God's great work of liberating hungry people." – David Beckmann

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Dominic Duren, assistant director of the HELP Program, with his son Dominic Jr. / Photo: Joe Molieri for Bread for the World

Bread's History and Achievements

We give God glory and thanks for using us – an ordinary group of people trying to be faithful – to help end hunger and poverty.

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Celebrating Bread for the World's 40th Anniversary: Commemorative Program

40th Anniversary Booklet

This booklet – produced for the 40th anniversary dinner at Bread's National Gathering – offers a look back at Bread's history.

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