August 14, 2014

Bishop Jose Garcia Joins Bread for the World

Washington, D.C.–Bread for the World welcomes Bishop Jose Garcia as the new director of church relations. Garcia succeeds Rev. Gary Cook, who retired in February from the position.

“Faith motivates all of the work that we do here; it permeates our calls to Congress, it brings us together to help the least of these, and drives us to continue to work for a world without hunger,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We are excited to have someone who brings a wealth of experience to the position and truly recognizes the relationship between faith and hunger.”

Garcia just completed a 10-year appointment as California State Presiding Bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy, a worldwide Pentecostal denomination with thousands of churches. He was responsible for the organizational structure, implementation, and administration of all ministries in California.   

“Church engagement has been at the core of Bread since the beginning,” said Beckmann. “Understanding faith and legislation is key to helping hungry and poor people. With Bishop Garcia, I am happy to say that we have found someone who embodies this understanding.”

Prior to his most recent appointment, Garcia served as the executive director of the National Hispanic Religious Partnership for Community Health. There, he assisted Hispanic religious organizations in an ecumenical approach to partner with the federal government and private organizations to address disparities in health, social, and economic status.

A native of Puerto Rico, Garcia received his master’s degree in public health education from the Graduate School of Public Health in San Juan. 

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  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

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  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

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For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

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  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

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