The De Youngs—Bread members for decades—see Bread as a “unique way to go beyond charity.” Find out why.
Robin and Dave Miner play leadership roles within Bread and in a variety of anti-hunger organizations, including the Indy Hunger Network and Interfaith Hunger Initiative. And they’re supposed to be retired!
Bread member Gyude Moore’s early experiences of poverty and war inform his work as special assistant to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
There are as many “points of entry” into Bread for the World’s work as there are people who care about ending hunger. An October gathering in Des Moines, IA, provided an opportunity for people to learn about Bread and ways they can help end hunger.
“When I turned 80, I decided I would make every single year count,” Leota Ester likes to say. It’s clear she didn’t wait until she turned 80.
With just over 800 congregations and nearly 300,000 members worldwide, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is a small church body that makes a huge impact in its advocacy to end hunger.
Hundreds of U.S. congregations contribute time, money, and resources to food banks and other charities that help hungry people. But for some, the idea of advocacy—particularly when it comes to engaging with elected officials—is unfamiliar territory.
When asked how he found Bread for the World, Peter England laughs. "I didn't find Bread for the World—they found me!" An event at England’s home congregation, St. Louis Catholic Church in Miami, FL, launched a partnership that’s still going strong two decades later.
Katie Gerry joined the Roman Catholic Church after a spiritual awakening at 13 when she was growing up in Waterbury, CT. “Catholic means unity,” she explained. And unity has been a theme in her life ever since.
“For us, giving was a part of being Christian, part of loving our neighbors as ourselves,” says Gary Olsen-Hasek of his childhood. He describes his background as blue-collar: “We didn’t have much money, and really struggled when my dad was between jobs.” But his mother, especially, was nonetheless welcoming to people in need.
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