Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
In rural Zambia, USAID programs in partnership with the Zambian government is helping equip villagers with the knowledge of proper nutrients. Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World.

By Rev. David Beckmann

2016 has been a divisive year for many people. Sometimes it seems like we can’t agree on anything.

But we take hope from the fact that our country and the world have made substantial progress against hunger and poverty over the last several decades. Continued progress is possible.

The White House and Congress will likely make far-reaching changes in 2017, and Bread for the World needs to be at full strength in its attention to policies that affect hungry people. On this Thanksgiving Day, we thank you for your generosity and for your hard work helping us to grow in strength and preparing us to meet whatever needs may arise.

At Bread, we encourage our members to stand with us in three bold ways: to pray, to act, and to give. In 2016, you showed up for all three. In the past year alone:

  • You prayed. More than 100,000 of you have joined us in prayer. Together, we are reaching across differences and uniting in one prayerful hope: an end to hunger and poverty in God’s world.
  • You acted. 640,000 of you committed to vote to end hunger. Your tremendous call for candidates to focus on ending hunger positioned Bread members to be forceful advocates to end hunger with the candidates who were elected.
  • You gave. More than 36,000 of you donated to help people in need. Every dollar you gave to support advocacy helped Bread secure hundreds of dollars in lifesaving assistance for families in the United States and around the world.

Together we accomplished more than we would have been able to do alone. Your work with Bread shows the value of strength in numbers.

Thank you for making 2016 a better year for so many people who have suffered for far too long.

Rev. David Beckmann is the president of Bread for the World.

Together we accomplished more than we would have been able to do alone.

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For Education

  • Feed the Future

    Feed the Future, launched in 2010, grew out of the U.S. response, led by President George W. Bush, to the 2007-2008 global food price crisis. Prices of basic foods doubled or tripled in some countries and pushed an additional 150 million people into hunger and malnutrition.

  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Hunger and Poverty in the African-American Community

    While hunger declined from 2017 for the general U.S. population, African Americans experienced a one percent increase, an increase of 153,000 African American households.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    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...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    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...

For Advocacy

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    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.

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  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    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...

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