September 3, 2019

Bread Joins Call for Presidential Debate on Poverty

United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today joined the call made by Rev. Dr. William Barber II of the Poor People’s Campaign for a presidential candidate debate focused on poverty. The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:

“I join Rev. Barber’s call for Democratic and Republican party leaders to each host a presidential debate focused on poverty. Candidates must speak directly to the reality of poverty in our nation and the world. The scriptures clearly state the plight of people living in hunger and poverty should be a priority concern for national leaders. And I applaud Rev. Barber’s plea for the presidential candidates to say the word ‘poverty.’

“Again, this presidential election cycle, I am joining with scores of diverse Christian leaders from the Circle of Protection in asking each presidential candidate – Democrats and Republicans – to produce short video statements outlining their plans to offer help and opportunity for people experiencing hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. We will make the videos available so that the American people have the opportunity to compare and contrast each candidate’s plan.

“Ending hunger and poverty should be a part of the national debate, and I hope these efforts will help make this happen.”

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


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