An educated mother is an empowered mother

May 9, 2017
Jorge and Jessica Marisol. Photo courtesy of Anne Thurow.

By Rev. David Beckmann

Every mom needs some help now and again. And Maria Estella* is no exception. She lives in Guatemala – a country where the rate of hunger and malnutrition is so high that stunting is viewed as genetic rather than just a function of external factors such as a poor diet.

Yet, being stunted does not have to be a given. Together we can make a difference. Your gift strengthens our ability to advocate for, and protect programs that address malnutrition, and its harmful effects.

Maria Estella is changing her family's future within the same generation. Jorge and his sister are the same size, and one may think they are the same age. However, Jorge is nearly two years younger than his older sister. Thanks to nutrition and hygiene advice Maria Estella received as part of a program for new and expecting mothers, Jorge received a healthier start in life than his older sister.

The connection between educating and empowering mothers, and ending hunger is so clear.  Yet nutrition programs could be cut under the Trump administration’s proposed budget. 

As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m asking you to support Bread’s advocacy to defend vital programs that help mothers raise strong and healthy children. I am especially thankful for your past support, and I hope you will consider making a special gift today.

After making your gift, you’ll have the opportunity to send a mother in your life a Mother’s Day e-card in their honor.  Sending the e-card is a small way of sharing your commitment to end hunger with those you love.

*Maria Estella’s story is featured in Roger Thurow's book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World.  Thurow is a journalist and faithful Bread for the World supporter. The book can be purchased in the Bread store.

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

The connection between educating and empowering mothers, and ending hunger is so clear. 

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.


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