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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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