October 4, 2016

Pence and Kaine Say Virtually Nothing about Hunger and Poverty

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World lamented the lack of discussion about hunger and poverty during tonight’s vice-presidential debate.                                              

The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:  

“The vice-presidential debate, like the first presidential debate, made virtually no mention of hunger and poverty. How can this be when one in five U.S. children struggles with hunger?

“Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine repeated the contrasting approaches of Trump and Clinton to economic recovery and immigration. Bread for the World thinks the Clinton-Kaine approach to both these issues would do more to reduce hunger and poverty – investment in working people rather than tax cuts for high-income people, and comprehensive immigration reform rather than mass deportations.

“Thankfully, Gov. Pence and Sen. Kaine agreed on three issues that are important to people in need – criminal justice reform and community policing in our country, and humanitarian protection for civilians in Syria.

“I hope, however, that the critical issues of hunger and poverty will be discussed in the October 9 presidential debate.”

from our Resource Library

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

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  • 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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  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • 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...


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