January 12, 2016

Bread for the World Applauds Obama’s Optimism About the Future

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address 2015; White House photo

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World applauds President Obama’s optimism about the future and his call to ensure everyone has a fair shot at opportunity and security. Bread for the World believes that with strong U.S. leadership, we can end hunger by 2030.

“Tonight, President Obama used his last State of the Union address to express his optimism about the future,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Bread for the World shares this optimism. We are inspired by the vision of a world without hunger. The world has made great strides against hunger and poverty over the past few decades. With U.S. leadership, we can end hunger within a generation.”

Over the past seven years, Bread for the World has worked with the White House and Congress to achieve impressive victories for people living with hunger and in poverty. Domestically, these include expanding and making permanent the earned income tax credit, and fending off efforts to cut funding for poverty-reduction and nutrition programs.

Internationally, Bread for the World has worked with the administration on the Feed the Future program and the 1,000 Days partnership to scale up maternal and child nutrition – making the U.S. a world leader in fighting hunger and malnutrition. President Obama said, “Leadership depends on the power of our example.” That includes poverty-focused foreign assistance.

“Let’s hope that members of the 114th Congress use their remaining time to work together,” added Beckmann. “There are three pieces of legislation lawmakers can pass right now to help end hunger. These are the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a strong child nutrition bill, and the Global Food Security Act.”

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    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.

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    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.

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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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