Bread for the World Challenges Congregations to Put Faith Into Action
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Washington, DC, October 14, 2011
Bread for the World encourages congregations to renew their commitment to ending hunger and poverty on World Food Day by participating in Bread for the World Sunday this weekend. On Oct. 16, 2011, thousands of congregations nationwide will recommit themselves to the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
“From the Horn of Africa to many places across the United States, nearly 1 billion people around the world are hungry,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “What better way to observe World Food Day than to take action—especially at a time when our voices are most needed to influence lawmakers.”
As the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (or Super Committee) works to identify $1.2 trillion in federal funds to help reduce the deficit, many programs that support hungry and poor people are in danger of being cut. Internationally, proposed cuts would take food aid away from about 14 million of the hungriest people in the world. The cuts would also reduce agricultural development assistance in places such as the Horn of Africa, where recurring famine could threaten the livelihoods of millions for years to come.
In the United States, Congress is considering devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). If passed, these cuts could remove 1 million recipients from the rolls and leave 200,000 children without school lunches at a time when U.S. poverty and food insecurity rates are the highest on record. By participating in Bread for the World Sunday, congregations will learn about these issues, pray for hungry people, and be empowered to lift their voices on behalf of vulnerable people.
“Churches have enormous influence in their communities, and they can play a tremendous role in changing history for hungry people,” added Beckmann. “I challenge congregations and organizations to participate in this event and learn how to use their influence in the fight for justice.”
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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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