Washington, DC, October 28, 2011 – The world’s population is expected to climb to 7 billion at the end of October, according to a United Nations report. The expected growth has increased concern that the number of hungry and poor people around the world will rise.
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.
Washington, DC, October 13, 2011 – At a press conference today in Des Moines, Rev. David Beckmann, 2010 World Food Prize laureate and president of Bread for the World, urged Congress to protect funding for poverty-focused development assistance and domestic social safety net programs.
Washington, DC, October 13, 2011 – Bread for the World congratulates Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and other co-sponsors from both parties for introducing the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. The bill will ensure that U.S. foreign assistance programs will be more transparent, accountable, and effective.
Washington, DC, September 22, 2011 – Annual state poverty data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that the South continues to be disproportionately impacted by hunger and poverty. This news comes just one week after the Census Bureau reported that the U.S. poverty rate rose to 15.1 percent in 2010, up from 14.3 percent in 2009, with 46.2 million people living in poverty.
Washington, DC, September 20, 2011 – Bread for the World today called on Congress to protect funding for foreign assistance as world leaders gather at the United Nations for a high-level meeting on nutrition.
“The current crisis in the Horn of Africa is a stark reminder of why continued U.S. foreign assistance is needed to fight famine, hunger, and malnutrition,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and a World Food Prize laureate. “The key is to keep effective food aid and maternal and child nutrition programs at their current funding levels or increase them.”
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.
Bread for the World Applauds Former President Bush’s Global Health Plans for Poor Women and Children
Washington, DC, September 15, 2011 – Speaking at the inaugural summit of the George W. Bush Center, former President George W. Bush urged Congress and the private sector to continue U.S. leadership against AIDS, malaria, and other health issues plaguing poor countries. “To heal the world’s sufferings, the United States must lead,” Bush said during the center’s “Summit to Save Lives” held recently in Washington, DC.
The event brought together heads of state, policy makers, community leaders, and global health advocates to discuss ways to improve the health of poor women and children in the developing world.
Washington, DC, September 13, 2011 – Data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that nearly 46.2 million Americans now live in poverty, an increase of 2.6 million people since 2009 and the highest figures on record. The poverty rate for children under 18 increased to 22 percent (16,401,000 children) in 2010. Among children under 5, the poverty rate increased to 25.9 percent (5,467,000 children).
Washington, DC, September 8, 2011 – Bread for the World congratulates Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) (shown on left), ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for releasing a draft of the Global Partnerships Act of 2011 for public discussion.
The draft legislation is the first step in reforming the 50-year-old Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.