November 17, 2014

World Bank President to Speak at Hunger Gala

Washington, D.C. –Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, will speak at the 11th Annual Gala to End Hunger, a gathering of Bread for the World, Bread for the World Institute, and Alliance to End Hunger members, in New York City on Nov. 17.

“I am privileged to have the honor of interviewing an anti-poverty champion like Dr. Kim,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “His work at the World Bank is a major part of the growing global commitment to eradicate hunger and poverty.”

The World Bank is a critical actor in the fight against poverty and hunger. Dr. Kim led the bank to establish two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries.

“Economic growth is the most powerful tool we have to end poverty,” said Dr. Kim at a  recent  World Bank meeting. “In our march to end extreme poverty, conflict, typhoons, floods, droughts, financial shocks and epidemics may, at times, slow us. But they will not stop us.”

The annual Gala to End Hunger serves to garner support for anti-hunger efforts and recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions.

“Dr. Kim and the World Bank’s goals of ending poverty and ensuring that prosperity is shared among nations and all people aligns perfectly with Bread for the World’s goal to live in a hunger-free world,” said Beckmann. “This can only be possible by urging our leaders to make hunger a priority and holding them accountable.”

Ambassador Tony Hall, executive director emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger, will also speak at the event.

During the event, Land O’Lakes, a food corporation that also carries out international development, will be given the Alliance to End Hunger Partnership Award for its organizational commitment and focus on hunger issues in the United States and around the world. Land O’Lakes president and CEO Chris Policinski will speak.

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