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). Read more »
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. Read more »
Washington, DC, September 7, 2011 – More than one in five children in the United States lives in a family that struggles to put food on the table, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Latino children of immigrants are even more likely to be at risk of hunger, according to by Bread for the World Institute. More than 30 percent of Latino children live in households where they don’t get enough to eat, and a third of Latino families rely on food banks to help feed their families. Read more »
Washington, DC, September 7, 2011 – New hunger data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveal 14.5 percent of American households suffered from food insecurity in 2010. Though the figures are virtually unchanged from 2009 (14.7 percent) and 2008 (14.6 percent), they are still the highest on record since the USDA began publishing food insecurity data. More than one in five children lives in households that struggle to put food on the table. Read more »
Washington, DC, August 29, 2011 – Bread for the World President David Beckmann will address students, faculty, and staff on August 31, 2011, as part of Belmont University’s fall 2011 Spiritual Development Speakers Series.
The series will feature a diverse roster of renowned authors, academics, poets, sociologists, advocates, and religious leaders lending their unique perspectives on wealth and poverty. Read more »
Bread for the World and Link TV Documentary Highlights Innovative Programs that Alleviate Global Hunger
Washington, DC, August 9, 2011 – Bread for the World has partnered with independent nonprofit broadcaster Link TV to produce a new television documentary special called “ViewChange: Challenging Hunger,” featuring stories that illustrate the importance and success of hunger programs supported by U.S. foreign aid assistance. The program premiers online today at www.bread.org and www.ViewChange.org. Read more »
Washington, DC, August 2, 2011 – Bread for the World is thankful President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have reached a debt ceiling deal that will prevent default, but cautions there is still work to be done to protect hungry and poor people from potential cuts to discretionary spending. Read more »
Washington, DC, August 2, 2011 – With the worst drought in 60 years hitting the Horn of Africa, Bread for the World urges U.S. lawmakers to protect—not cut—international food aid in the ongoing budget debates. The United States must also increase its emergency response to the region and ensure that resources to invest in long-term development are protected. Read more »
Washington, DC, July 29, 2011 – Bread for the World led a vigil on Capitol Hill today to pray that Congress will pass a budget that protects vulnerable people in the United States and around the world. The vigil is part of the Washington Inter-Religious Staff Council’s (WISC) faithful budget campaign, which involves daily public prayers. “In the ongoing debt ceiling and budget debate, hungry and poor people have been left out of the discussion,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. Read more »
Bread for the World Urges Congress to Put Hungry and Poor People Back in the Debt Ceiling Discussion
Washington, DC, July 26, 2011 – In the ongoing debt ceiling and budget debate, hungry and poor people have been left out. Bread for the World issued the following statement: “Defaulting on our financial obligations will not only be disastrous for the global economy but also for the millions of hungry and poor families in the United States and around the world,” said Rev. David Beckmann of Bread for the World. Read more »