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

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

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  • 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.

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For Advocacy

  • 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. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    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.

  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...


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