August 8, 2016

Bread Unveils 2016 Election Platform and ‘I Vote’ Campaign

Washington, D.C. – Today, Bread for the World launched its national “I Vote to End Hunger” campaign urging voters to elect a president and Congress who will put the United States and the world on track to end hunger by 2030. Bread also unveiled its 2016 election platform, which focuses on steps leaders can take to end hunger.

“Voting is Christian stewardship,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Bread for the World is taking this unprecedented action because we want to make hunger and poverty key issues in this year’s presidential and congressional elections. We want candidates to know that we, and millions of others, will vote to end hunger.” 

Bread’s grassroots activists are reaching out to voters and congressional candidates across the country, focusing on 12 swing states. The organization is also using digital ads to reach 50 million voters in these same swing states.

Bread is asking candidates: “If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?” Bread is also working with other groups to ask the question. A recent survey conducted by Bread for the World found that 1 in 3 voters says they will vote for candidates who promise to make ending hunger one of their top priorities.

“We know that ending hunger is possible in our lifetime,” added Beckmann. “But we must elect leaders who will put us on track to do it. Ending hunger isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s politically smart. Helping hungry people is a compelling political issue to voters no matter their religious or party affiliation.”

As a Christian organization, Bread expects presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump and all other candidates in the 2016 campaign to act respectfully toward each other, and promote policies that provide help and opportunity for people who struggle with hunger and poverty.

Tools
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For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • 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.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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.

    ...

  • 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.

Field

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