April 29, 2019

Bread Mourns Passing of Hunger Champion Sen. Richard Lugar

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World mourns the passing of Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind) on Sunday, April 28. Senator Lugar was a bipartisan leader on both international and domestic hunger issues. In 2011, Senator Lugar received Bread’s annual award presented to members of Congress who have illustrated outstanding leadership on issues important to people living in hunger and poverty.

The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World: 

“Senator Lugar was a true champion for people living in hunger both in the United States and around the world. He introduced the original Global Food Security Act along with Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, in 2009, and was a strong supporter of domestic programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In fact, there might not be a strong SNAP program today if it wasn’t for Senator Lugar’s defense of the program when he was chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.”

“I had a memorable encounter with Senator Lugar when President George W. Bush signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act in 2004. I was talking with the president about the need for Congress to fund the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), then a new channel for aid to developing countries. President Bush walked me over to Senator Lugar, who was then chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. The president asked Senator Lugar for his help with funding for the MCC. When the president stepped away, Senator Lugar’s thoughts immediately turned to a letter he had recently received from a constituent, Connie Wick. Connie organized Bread for the World letter-writing to Congress on hunger issues from the Robin Run Retirement Home in Indianapolis. I was impressed by Senator Lugar’s respect for one of his constituents, and by the way he took her views into account as he considered a request from the president of the United States.   

“One of the things that struck me most about Senator Lugar was his civility toward everyone. As chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Lugar modeled respect for senators on both sides of the aisle. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today still benefits from the legacy of mutual respect that Senator Lugar helped to build.”   

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.

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