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Faith Leaders to Meet with U.S. Senators and Urge Them to Protect the World’s Poor

Washington, DC, November 2, 2011 – Bread for the World’s President Rev. David Beckmann and other religious leaders will meet with senators today to urge policy makers to support poverty-focused development assistance (PFDA) programs in the federal budget. Read more »

Hunger and Poverty Could Rise as World Population Reaches Seven Billion

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. Read more »

Bread for the World Challenges Congregations to Put Faith Into Action

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. Read more »

World Food Prize Laureate Warns against Deep Cuts to Programs that Reduce World Hunger

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. Read more »

New Bill Will Ensure More Transparent and Effective U.S. Foreign Aid

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. Read more »

Super Committee Works to Reduce Deficit as States Face All-Time High Poverty Rates

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. Read more »

Bread for the World Calls on U.S. and World Leaders to Improve Nutrition for Women and Children

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.” Read more »

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 »

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