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Providing a Place at the Table for All People Will Be the Focus of Bread for the World's 2013 National Gathering

Hunger Justice Leaders

Washington, DC, April 9, 2013

Bread for the World invites members and anti-hunger advocates from around the country to Washington, D.C., June 8-11 for the 2013 National Gathering. The organization’s premier event features renowned preachers, high-level government officials, members of Congress, development and nutrition experts, and other well-known speakers—presiding over worship, delivering legislative information, engaging participants in anti-hunger advocacy, and more.

Consistent with Bread’s 2013 Offering of Letters campaign, which petitions President Barack Obama to set a goal and work with Congress on a plan to end hunger, this year’s National Gathering is themed “A Place at the Table.” Bread for the World joined forces with Participant Media last month for the release of A Place at the Table: Bread for the World’s 2013 Offering of Letters and A Place at the Table, a documentary film about hunger in the United States.

“The National Gathering  is significant because congressional budget debates continue to threaten  hungry and poor people worldwide,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We pray that the drumbeat of activities—from the new documentary to our Offering of Letters and our National Gathering—will raise awareness and spark change.”

On Saturday, June 8, participants and local residents will enjoy a performance of Lazarus, based on the parable in the New Testament. Originally composed for Bread for the World by Joel Underwood, the musical will be resurrected with new music and staging by musician Bill Cummings. The next morning, Rev. Dr. James Forbes, whom Newsweek named as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world, will deliver a powerful message at the Sunday worship service. The schedule for that evening also includes a special screening of A Place at the Table.

On Monday, June 10, participants will interact with international development experts, nongovernmental organization leaders, and policymakers regarding progress and next steps in global maternal and child nutrition at the biennial International Meeting, co-hosted by Concern Worldwide.

“The international community must continue to support foreign assistance programs that reduce extreme poverty and hunger around the world by emphasizing better nutrition for women and children,” said Asma Lateef, director of Bread for the World Institute. “We look forward to reuniting with this dynamic group of thought leaders at this year’s International Meeting to look at how far we’ve come and map out next steps.”

After three days of worship, education, networking, and engagement, the National Gathering will culminate with Bread for the World’s annual Lobby Day on June 11. Participants will meet with their senators, representatives, and congressional staffs to advocate for U.S. foreign assistance that effectively reduces poverty.

From now until April 30, the cost to attend the National Gathering is $185 ($150 for students), with limited scholarships available. For more information, please visit http://www.bread.org/event/gathering-2013/. To join the National Gathering conversation on Twitter, please use hash tag #BreadRising.

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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