Thought for Food

Educating opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public since 1975.


Who We Are

Bread for the World Institute provides nonpartisan policy research and 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.


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Meet Bread Policy Experts

Jordan Teague Jacobs
Co-Director of the Policy & Research Institute

Abiola Afolayan
Co-Director of the Policy & Research Institute
Contact Abiola at 202-639-9400

Todd Post
Senior Domestic Policy Advisor

Michele Learner
Managing Editor

Lamia Hossain
Global Hunger Fellow

Isabel Vander Molen
Climate Hunger Fellow


Hunger Report | 2020 - 2019

The 2020 Hunger Report, Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow, charts a path to ending global hunger and malnutrition by tackling structural inequities within food systems, which became all the more visible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 2019 Hunger Report, Back to Basics: How to End Hunger by 2030, offers 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.

Hunger Report | 2018 - 2017

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.

Hunger Report | 2016 - 2014

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 U.S.

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.

Areas of Focus

  • 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
  • Climate change
A row of wooden kelongs (fishermen huts on stilts) in Sentosa, Singapore. Wikimedia Commons.

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.

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Our mission is to educate and equip people to advocate for policies and programs that can help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

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