A new chapter begins at Bread for the World

July 1, 2020

Dear Members of Bread for the World:

My name is Eugene Cho and as of this week, I have the privilege and honor to serve alongside you as the new president of Bread for the World.

Before I go any further, I’d like to first extend my deep gratitude and congratulations to Rev. David Beckmann for his humble, extraordinary leadership. For 29 years, David served faithfully and passionately to advocate for so many who experienced hunger in our nation and around the world. While David is retiring from his role at Bread, he’s not retiring from his lifelong commitment to fighting poverty and so, we’re excited to see how God will use David in the years to come.

In the coming months, I’ll be sharing more about my vision for Bread for the World as we enter a new chapter. But for now, it’s critical to be honest about the state of our country and world. Since my official election by Bread’s board of directors in March, the world has dramatically changed in ways that none of us could have imagined.

The last few months have been some of the most turbulent and challenging times in modern history. Over 125,000 people in our country have died due to COVID-19. The numbers globally are staggering with over 510,000 people dying from the pandemic. We’ve been horrified by numerous recorded stories of racial injustice, police brutality, and subsequent righteous anger, and protests that have rocked our nation and the larger world. We’ve also seen unemployment skyrocket to unprecedented numbers.

All of these factors have directly affected the issue of hunger. Of course, hunger was a reality even before our current pandemic—but has since been dramatically exacerbated. This is not an aberration or something to be taken lightly. This pandemic is affecting members of our families, our neighbors, our congregations, the elderly, communities of color, and rural communities.

Because of the coronavirus, the number of food insecure people in the U.S. might increase to 54.3 million and the number of food insecure children could rise to 18 million—a 62 percent increase. In fact, in a recent national survey, 40 percent of mothers with children under age 12 said that they were unable to adequately feed their families.

Additionally, we can’t forget our global neighbors. The World Food Program estimates that if the global community doesn’t act, the number of people who will experience extreme hunger will double by the end of this year—from the current 135 million to 265 million people.

This is all very sobering, but this is precisely why Bread for the World exists...and why we must rise to this unprecedented occasion

The Holy Scripture tells us that in this world, we’re going to have hardship…but to take heart. We can be comforted that God is with us. But we can’t stop with just our own comfort. We learn that God deeply cares for the vulnerable. God isn’t neutral on these matters. God cares for people living in hunger and poverty... and as such, we must care for them, too.

We’ve seen again and again that when members of Bread leverage our voices and resources, we can use our faith to make a significant impact in our mission to end hunger—both in our nation and around the world. We need you more than ever before.

Together as we pursue God’s Kingdom,

Rev. Eugene Cho

The Holy Scripture tells us that in this world, we’re going to have hardship…but to take heart. We can be comforted that God is with us.

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • Racially Equitable Responses to Hunger During COVID-19 and Beyond

    By Marlysa D. Gamblin and Kathleen King

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as when a person or household does not have regular, reliable access to the foods needed for good health. Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color (BIPOC) have historically had higher...

  • Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Better Nutrition Protects Lives

    With the coronavirus now spreading in low-resource contexts and new waves of infection expected in the coming year, better nutrition for vulnerable people is more important than ever.

For Faith

  • Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional

    Devotional writers challenge us to feel the Spirit of God within us and to hear God’s urgent call to demand justice so all can put food on the table.
  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • 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...

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