Bread for the World Encourages Congregations
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Washington, DC, October 19, 2012
With the elections just weeks away,Bread for the World urges congregations to renew their commitment to ending hunger and poverty by participating in Bread for the World Sunday on Oct. 21, 2012. Bread for the World Sunday is a chance for Christians to join thousands across the country in learning, teaching, praying, and acting on behalf of hungry people.
“The past two years have been particularly tenuous for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world, as the programs that support them remain at risk for deep budget cuts,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “With the presidential election fast approaching, Christians should understand the issues and take part in God’s work to end hunger.”
A United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) report released on Oct. 9, 2012, revealed that the number of hungry people around the world continues to fall. However, at 868 million, the number remains unconscionably high.
In the United States, one in six Americans lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table, according to a September 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Since the 2010 elections, members of Congress have intently focused on reducing the federal deficit and balancing the budget. But the deficit-reduction proposals Congress is considering could result in the most severe cuts in decades to programs for hungry and poor people—here in the United States and abroad.
“At a time of political divisiveness, Christians can play a tremendous role in unifying their communities around action for hungry and poor people,” added Beckmann. “I challenge congregations and organizations to participate in this event and to learn how to use their influence to fight for justice.”
Churches can prepare for Bread for the World Sunday by visiting the newly updated Bread for the World Sunday page, which features complimentary resources to use during worship. The resources can either be downloaded or ordered from the online store. Bread for the World also offers tools for better understanding the elections and taking action.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118