“I have a passion for social justice, and Bread for the World matches that,” says longtime member and supporter Betsy Hendrix.
Bread for the World got its start 35 years ago when 14 Catholic and Protestant leaders met in a church basement in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Rev. Art Simon was then serving as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mattie Taylor works in lower Manhattan, just a stone’s throw away from where her denomination, A.M.E. Zion Church, has its roots. “Whites and slaves worshipped there together,” she says. “When the slaves became free, they remained. But we were forced to worship in the balcony. We could only take communion after the whites. The priest felt free to rename our babies after baptism. We decided to break away. We asked the bishop if we could worship separately.”
John Ankele is a documentary filmmaker and longtime Bread member. He is currently working on a film profiling grandparents raising grandchildren in both the Bronx, NY, and rural Tanzania.