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Bread for the World President David Beckmann to Speak at National Poverty Summit

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

Record Levels of Americans Living in Poverty

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 »

Bread for the World Applauds Proposed U.S. Foreign Assistance Reform Legislation

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 »

Latino Immigrant Children More Likely to Go Hungry

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 »

Number of Hungry Americans Remain at Record High

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 »

Rev. David Beckmann Kicks Off Speakers’ Series at Belmont University

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 »

Bread for the World Urges U.S. Lawmakers to Lead Response to Horn of Africa Crisis

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 »

Hungry and Poor People Still at Risk after Debt Deal

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 »

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