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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 »

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 »

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 »

Bread for the World Leads Prayer Vigil Urging Congress to Protect Poor People in Budget Talks

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 »

Bipartisan Passage of Accountability Measures is Major Step Forward on Foreign Aid Reform

Washington, DC, July 21, 2011 – The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved late last night two reform-focused amendments authored by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX02) during the first day of the mark-up of the FY2012 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. Read more »

Religious Leaders Meet with President and ask Him to form ‘Circle of Protection’ around Programs for those in Need

Washington, DC, July 20, 2011 – In a meeting this afternoon with President Barack Obama and senior White House staff, national Christian leaders asked the president to protect funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the ongoing budget debate and in any deal concerning the default crisis. Read more »

Christian Leaders Urge California Lawmakers to Protect Programs for Hungry and Poor People

Los Angeles, CA, July 19, 2011 – Bread for the World and California religious leaders called on the state’s members of Congress—Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—to form a circle of protection around programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people in California, the rest of United States, and abroad. Read more »

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