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Bread for the World Institute provides nonpartisan policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. The Institute has been educating opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad since 1975. Bread for the World Institute is a separately-incorporated 501(c)3 organization. Gifts to the Institute are tax-deductible.
The Institute publishes a book-length Hunger Report every year. Each edition focuses on a particular topic and its relationship to the root causes of hunger and malnutrition.
Recommendations for policy change based on the report’s analysis guide Bread for the World’s advocacy. The Hunger Report has been published annually since 1975.
The 2020 Hunger Report, Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow, charts a path to ending global hunger and malnutrition by tackling structural inequities within food systems. COVID-19 has made these inequities more visible than ever.
People experiencing malnutrition and poverty are especially vulnerable to chronic health conditions and infectious diseases. In the 2020 Hunger Report, we focus on the importance of good nutrition and the systems needed to deliver it sustainably and equitably. This topic was crucial before the COVID-19 crisis, and the pandemic underscores the main messages of the report.
The report includes several inspirational stories from the United States and around the world showing how food system reform is more than just necessary, but also possible.
The 2019 Hunger Report, Back to Basics: How to End Hunger by 2030 offers solutions to both U.S. and global hunger. The report explores five challenges that require more attention to achieve a world without hunger: nutrition, livelihoods, gender, fragility, and climate change.
The 2018 Hunger Report, The Jobs Challenge: Working to End Hunger by 2030, outlines recommendations to improve job opportunities and wages. It offers Congress a menu of policies that would improve job opportunities for low-income workers, and argues that improving job opportunities is crucial to overcoming hunger and poverty.
The 2017 Hunger Report, Fragile Environments, Resilient Communities, explains how state fragility stands in the way of ending hunger and extreme poverty. Fragile states are countries where high rates of hunger and poverty are compounded by civil conflict, poor governance, and vulnerability to climate change.
The 2016 Hunger Report, The Nourishing Effect: Ending Hunger, Improving Health, Reducing Inequality, explores the connections among hunger, food insecurity, and health problems in the United States.
The 2015 Hunger Report, When Women Flourish … We Can End Hunger, examines the links between global women’s empowerment and ending hunger and malnutrition. One cannot be achieved without the other. Gender equality depends on strengthening women’s bargaining power, reducing their burden of unpaid work, and building a collective voice in public life.
The 2014 report, Ending Hunger in America, provides a detailed, four-part plan to end hunger in the U.S.
The Institute also produces briefing papers, fact sheets, and infographics. All resources are designed for an audience of policymakers and activists.
The Institute’s current analysis and advocacy areas include:
Solving a complex problem such as hunger requires a clear understanding of the impact of specific policies and how policies affect each other. The Institute’s nonpartisan analysis and identification of action steps help strengthen Bread as a trusted voice in national life.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition in the fiscal year 2020 budget.
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.