Bread for the World President David Beckmann to Speak at National Poverty Summit
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Washington, DC, September 16, 2011
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and several nonprofit partners, including Bread for the World, will host the inaugural National Poverty Summit September 18-19 in Fort Worth, TX, in an effort to create momentum for a nationwide movement to reduce poverty in America.
“This summit is very timely. It comes on the heels of the newly released U.S. Census Bureau poverty figures showing that nearly one in six Americans now lives in poverty—including more than 5 million children,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “As Congress continues work on reducing our national debt, it’s important that we create a circle of protection around programs that help our most vulnerable citizens.”
Beckmann will join a panel of national experts who will share their experiences on the front lines of poverty reduction. The summit will also feature a call to action by White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes.
“The summit has been designed to launch a national conversation about poverty—one that will lead to action,” said Candy Hill, CCUSA senior vice president of social policy and government affairs. “We need to collectively re-imagine the way that America addresses poverty and develop stronger, sustainable strategies to reduce poverty.”
Texas has the second-highest food insecurity rate in the nation—18.8 percent. Nearly a quarter of all Fort Worth children live in homes where they do not get enough to eat, and 17 percent of the city’s residents live in poverty.
The event will also include interactive workshops and an “idea marketplace,” which will bring participants together in small groups to discuss specific issues, initiatives, and ideas related to poverty reduction.
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