Bread for the World Welcomes U.S. Leaders Committed to Ending Hunger in Local Communities
Washington, DC, March 3, 2011
Bread for the World is pleased to welcome more than 200 attendees from 30 states, 10 corporations, and five national anti-hunger organizations to the 2011 National Hunger Free Communities Summit sponsored by the Alliance to End Hunger.
The National Hunger Free Community Summit is a one-day event providing current and aspiring Hunger Free Community organizers a forum to hear from experts about building community coalitions to end hunger. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the USDA would invest $5 million in Hunger Free Communities grants to 14 communities in eight states. All of the grant recipients will attend the summit.
“I’m excited that the program is finally up and running because Bread members and congregations began urging Congress to pass the Hunger Free Communities Act starting in 2005,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and the Alliance to End Hunger. “This program will assist millions of hungry people throughout the country. It’s disappointing that it is on the cutting block of proposed budget cuts by House Republicans.”
As of fiscal year 2010, U.S. anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs made up only 14 percent of the federal budget. Many of the summit attendees will meet with their members of Congress to urge them to reauthorize the Hunger Free Communities Grant program.
“We want the attendees to tell their members of Congress about the great work they’re doing in their communities and invite them to see firsthand what’s being done to make their communities hunger-free,” said Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger and former congressman from Ohio. “I am confident their work will convince their elected officials to care about the needs of hungry people in their home districts.”
Representatives from USDA and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) will attend the summit. To learn more, visit http://hungerfreecommunitiessummit.org/
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Christopher Ford, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1077
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138