- About Hunger
- How to End Hunger
- Our Impact
- Get Involved
By Eric Mitchell
With all of the political gridlock happening in Washington, D.C., one of the few bipartisan initiatives moving forward is criminal justice reform.
Criminal justice reform is critical to ending hunger and poverty in the United States. Mandatory minimums for low-level nonviolent drug offenses has led to a burgeoning federal prison system filled with individuals serving long prison sentences. This impacts families who are already struggling to put food on the table.
Call (800/826-3688) or email your U.S. senators today and ask them to cosponsor the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S.2123).
More than 2.2 million people are currently incarcerated in the United States — a 500 percent increase over the last 30 years. Mass incarceration perpetuates the cycle of hunger and poverty. Formerly incarcerated individuals experience higher levels of unemployment and below average wages due to their criminal histories.
Mass incarceration impacts families and communities too. Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to fall into poverty, as well as face challenges in school.
Let's break this cycle! The Senate recently introduced S. 2123 — a bipartisan bill that reduces lengthy sentences, assist those reentering society, and reduces mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses. The bill also gives judges more flexibility when carrying out sentences.
S. 2123 alone won't end mass incarceration. More must be done. Returning citizens should have access to safety-net benefits such as SNAP and TANF. But this bipartisan bill is a good first step toward providing justice to the many families who have been separated from their loved ones for far too long.
Call (800/826-3688) or email our U.S. senators today and tell them to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S.2123)!
Eric Mitchell is the director of government relations at Bread for the World.
Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.
Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.
The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.
Dear Members of Congress,
As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...
This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-African people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.
Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.
Bruce Puckett urged...
A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
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. The...
Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.