Thankful for you on Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

By Rev. David Beckmann

In an overwhelming year, your steadfast commitment to put your faith in action is cause for thanks.

We are grateful you responded at key times with calls and emails to your members of Congress, twice preventing harmful healthcare bills from passing. Thousands of handwritten letters are helping influence decisions on a final spending bill. Visits with your lawmakers have reinforced the message that people of faith demand economic security for all people, especially those struggling to put food on the table.

So far this year, your advocacy efforts have helped push back against proposals that would cut billions in anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. In fact, you helped build the political will that secured $1.1 billion in additional famine relief funding.

Our work is unfinished. From now until the end of the year, our government will make choices regarding how it generates revenue and spends shared resources. On a day that reminds us abundance is best shared, let us recommit ourselves to the persistent and faithful advocacy that gets results.

On behalf of everyone at Bread for the World, thank you for all you do to end hunger. Happy Thanksgiving.

Rev. David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.


On a day that reminds us abundance is best shared, let us recommit ourselves to the persistent and faithful advocacy that gets results.

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.
  • 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. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • 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...

  • 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.

For Advocacy