World Food Prize Laureate Urges Presidential Candidates to Address Poverty Issues
Des Moines, IA, October 17, 2012
David Beckmann, World Food Prize laureate and Bread for the World president, has urged the presidential candidates to speak about poverty as they define their positions on important issues.
“Hunger and poverty have been invisible in the election discussion,” said Beckmann. “Poverty is a key issue that must be addressed in the 2012 election; candidates can no longer be silent.”
Beckmann spoke to reporters during a news conference at the 2012 World Food Prize event.
“We will call upon whoever wins the election to set a goal and develop a plan to end hunger. We are appealing to all our elected officials to create a circle of protection around programs vital to hungry people in the United States and abroad,” added Beckmann.
Last month, Bread for the World—with other Christian leaders who comprise an organization called the Circle of Protection—called on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to publicly state what each will to do to provide help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in our country and around the world. Both candidates provided video responses.
“There has been a lot of focus on the 47 percent of Americans who are working hard to achieve the American Dream,” said Beckmann. “At Bread for the World we are concerned about the bottom 20 percent of Americans who are struggling to lift themselves out of poverty.”
Rev. David Beckmann was a recipient of the World Food Prize in 2010. You can view the candidates’ poverty responses by visiting www.bread.org.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138