Thankful for you on Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

By Rev. David Beckmann

In an overwhelming year, your steadfast commitment to put your faith in action is cause for thanks.

We are grateful you responded at key times with calls and emails to your members of Congress, twice preventing harmful healthcare bills from passing. Thousands of handwritten letters are helping influence decisions on a final spending bill. Visits with your lawmakers have reinforced the message that people of faith demand economic security for all people, especially those struggling to put food on the table.

So far this year, your advocacy efforts have helped push back against proposals that would cut billions in anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. In fact, you helped build the political will that secured $1.1 billion in additional famine relief funding.

Our work is unfinished. From now until the end of the year, our government will make choices regarding how it generates revenue and spends shared resources. On a day that reminds us abundance is best shared, let us recommit ourselves to the persistent and faithful advocacy that gets results.

On behalf of everyone at Bread for the World, thank you for all you do to end hunger. Happy Thanksgiving.

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

 

On a day that reminds us abundance is best shared, let us recommit ourselves to the persistent and faithful advocacy that gets results.

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    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.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    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.

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

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    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.

    ...

  • 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...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

Field

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