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Bread for the World Mourns the Death of Hunger Champion Rep. Donald Payne

Washington, DC, March 6, 2012

Bread for the World sends prayers and condolences to the family and constituents of Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ). He died today of complications from colon cancer.  

“Congressman Payne’s death is a huge loss to the hunger community,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Rep. Payne served on Bread for the World’s board for five years. He was a dedicated public servant who was a champion for human rights and used his political influence to help change the lives of hungry and poor people here and around the world.” 

Payne was a member of the Bread for the World board from 2004 until 2009. He was the highest-ranked Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. The New Jersey Democrat was a strong supporter of human rights and worked tirelessly to provide humanitarian assistance to developing countries, particularly in Africa.  

Payne was the first African-American member of Congress from New Jersey. Payne served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a delegate to the United Nations. He also was a member of the Newark City Council, a former school teacher, and the first black president of the national YMCA.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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