Bread in the News
World Food Prize co-laureate David Beckmann tried to mobilize people in the pews to demand an overhaul of farm subsidies in 2008, but the effort didn’t get very far. Beckmann, an ordained minister and trained economist who is president of Washington-based Bread for the World, isn’t planning a similar campaign with the next farm bill, at least not targeting farm subsidies themselves.
Des Moines Register on October 13, 2010
Commodity futures at the highest level in two years show that crop-price volatility remains a threat to the world’s poor and hungry, according to the Rev. David Beckmann, a co-winner of this year’s World Food Prize.
Bloomberg on October 13, 2010
The United Nations has a "day" for everything, and food is no exception: World Food Day is observed annually around the world on October 16. And this year, on October 14, at the Iowa State Capitol building in downtown Des Moines, dignitaries from more than 65 countries will gather to recognize the laureates of the 2010 World Food Prize.
Huffington Post on October 12, 2010
As reported in last week’s New Pittsburgh Courier, there are more African-American families living in poverty than at any time since the U.S. Census Bureau began gathering such statistics. Though the poverty rate increased for all ethnic groups, the increase was greatest among Blacks.
Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier on October 11, 2010
The world has made remarkable progress against hunger and poverty over the last several decades. The economic crisis has been a big setback, but we have very real opportunities to make changes that will reduce hunger in our country and worldwide. To achieve this turn-around, we need ordinary citizens, especially people of faith, to work with their elected officials on changes in laws and systems to provide help and opportunity to people in need.
Des Moines Register on October 10, 2010
Washington — In a famous speech in 1941, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt cited four essential human freedoms. The freedom from want was included, along with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from fear.
America.gov on October 8, 2010
Around the world, more than 16,000 children die every day from hunger or hunger related causes. In our own country — the wealthiest nation on the planet — we seem to want to protect the richer members of our society, while the percentage of children who are chronically malnourished has increased for the past decade. Yikes. So, what now? What can we do?
Unpacking Ideas on October 4, 2010
There is considerable pressure on Congress to reduce our country's huge deficit, but it is important we do not balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable.
Birmingham News on October 3, 2010
Annual data released recently by the U.S Census Bureau indicates that 43.6 million Americans—one in seven people— now live in poverty. This is the largest number of people in poverty in the 51 years for which the estimates are available. The figures also show that African Americans experience poverty at a much higher rate than Whites.
Milwaukee Courier on October 2, 2010
In a political season, it’s easy for a journalist to be cynical—until David Beckmann walks into your office. Beckmann, in his blue blazer, looks like any Washington lobbyist, down to the dark circles under his eyes. But his message is completely without spin and his manner is as flat as the Nebraska plains where he grew up. An economist and former executive at the World Bank, Beckmann believes it is possible to end world hunger and poverty through good politics and policies.
Newsweek on October 2, 2010
David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and one of the designated laureates for the World Food Prize, will preach at Faith Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services.
Des Moines Register on October 1, 2010
Do you feel as overwhelmed as I do by statistics on world hunger? When I read about more than a billion people in dire poverty, it's hard to muster any optimism that things will change. Children are starving. People are dying of preventable diseases.
beliefnet on September 29, 2010
A District-based organization that advocates for the eradication of worldwide hunger recently extended its appeals to include assistance from the Black press. In doing so, officials for the nonprofit Bread for the World discussed new data on poverty among African Americans during a roundtable at the National Press Club.
Washington Afro on September 28, 2010
A discussion on the high levels of poverty in the United States with special guest Bishop Don Dixon Williams, associate for African American church relations for Bread for the World (http://www.bread.org).
The Robert Wesley Branch Show on September 25, 2010
Mexicans are one of the most recent major immigrant groups to establish themselves in New York City. In 1980 there were less than 7,000 Mexicans in The Big Apple; today there are 170,000.
The New York Times is publishing a periodic series on Mexican immigrants in New York City. The most recent installment looks at Mexican immigrants’ unrivaled level of workforce participation and the emotional costs to Mexican immigrants in New York who are mostly young men who have left their families in Mexico.
Some of the immigrants work six or more days per week at minimum wage in order to earn money to send to their families back home.
New York Times on September 22, 2010
Bishop Don Williams and Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute, were featured recently on "Praise in the City," a Washington D.C.-based radio program.
Praise DC on September 14, 2010
As the development community awaits the results of two major administration reviews, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is already increasing its ability to manage its own money.
Foreign Policy on September 13, 2010
The U.S. has not made sustained progress against poverty since the 1960s and early 1970s when the poverty rate was cut in half, said anti-hunger and poverty advocate David Beckmann at a luncheon Sept. 13.
The National Press Club: News & Multimedia on September 13, 2010
Congress has a lot of work to do when it returns from its summer recess next week — and it will do it in the shadow of a towering national deficit. But some things must be funded because the nation cannot afford to ignore its core priorities.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 13, 2010
Every faith emphasizes the importance of caring for people who are hungry and in need. We need to do all we can to help those who struggle to feed their family. Here in Mahoning County, the Canfield Fair has just reminded us that we live in a state where the agricultural industry provides a bountiful harvest, and yet the Youngstown/Warren/Boardman area has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the country (The Vindicator, 9/4/2010).
The Youngstown Vindicator on September 12, 2010