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Anti-Hunger Advocates Gather in the Nation’s Capital to Promote Food Justice

Washington, DC, June 5, 2013

Bread for the World’s 2013 National Gathering kicks off this weekend in Washington, D.C. Held at the Mead Center for American Theater, the four-day event will bring anti-hunger advocates from across the country to learn about hunger and poverty, to find fellowship with other activists, and to promote food justice in the halls of Congress.

“Our country is facing a critical situation—first with sequestration, which has left millions without vital resources, and now with farm bill proposals that could further devastate vulnerable people in the United States and around the world,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Our National Gathering will empower people to help end hunger.”

Bread’s National Gathering will be packed with engaging resources for anti-hunger advocates. Noted experts will lead discussions on hunger, poverty, immigration, and other key topics. Faith and secular leaders will address responsibilities and actions in general sessions. And talented singers and musicians will inspire participants by staging a revival of Lazarus: The Musical. Learn more about the event’s speakers and workshops here.

On Monday, June 10, Bread for the World and Concern Worldwide will host a biennial international meeting for civil society leaders, “Sustaining Political Commitments to Scaling Up Nutrition.” Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will kick off the event. Plenary sessions and break-out discussions will featuring an impressive roster of global leaders, who will focus on the importance of sustaining political momentum to increase nutrition for women and children around the world. Several important announcements and commitments will be made at this meeting.

“Convening leaders who are at the forefront of these issues will help create sustainable solutions to the world’s most urgent hunger issues,” said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute. “We are thrilled to host this event on the heels of two important announcements to be made in London this week. Our Monday meeting will build on global political energy to end malnutrition.”

On Tuesday, June 11, National Gathering participants will join hundreds of other advocates for Bread’s annual Lobby Day, storming Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to support polices that effectively reduce hunger and poverty worldwide. Lobby Day is free, but registration is required and includes meals, talking points, transportation to and from congressional office buildings, and a closing service and reception.

Media are asked to register for this event at http://www.cvent.com/d/fcq6mz/4W. For more information on the National Gathering, please visit www.bread.org/event/gathering-2013/.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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