About Bread for the World Institute

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.

Hunger Report 2019: Back to Basics

Hunger Report

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 2019 Hunger Report, Back to Basics: How to End Hunger by 2030offers 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 idea of ending hunger by 2030 may sound audacious – but decades of victories, despite recent setbacks, reveal a different picture. Global progress, as well as rapid reductions in hunger in many countries, persuade us that ending hunger is possible sooner rather than later. Since 1990, world hunger has nearly been cut in half.

The report also includes inspirational stories about how young U.S. evangelicals, people experiencing poverty in Asheville, North Carolina, and others are raising their voices to call for the necessary changes.

Past Reports

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.

Other resources

The Institute also produces briefing papers, fact sheets, and infographics. All resources are designed for an audience of policymakers and activists.

Areas of focus

The Institute’s current analysis and advocacy areas include:

  • global hunger and poverty
  • U.S. hunger and poverty
  • U.S. populations most impacted by hunger
  • U.S. international development assistance
  • global sustainable development goals
  • maternal / child nutrition
  • food security and smallholder agriculture
  • immigration

Laying the Groundwork for Advocacy

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.

Tools
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For Education

For Faith

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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