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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World released the following statement regarding the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:
“This past weekend, our nation experienced another senseless mass killing in El Paso, TX that was motivated by racism and discrimination and the mass shooting in Dayton, OH. We mourn the loss of these men, women, and children, and all who are victims of violent hate crimes in the United States.
“Christianity is grounded in the experience of God’s love for all people. ‘We love, because God first loved us.’ (I John 4:19). Knowing that God is with us in our grief and in our times of need gives us the courage to stand up for dignity and justice.
“America’s tragic history of racism is one that we must challenge the White House, our political leaders, and ourselves to address. We call on our political leaders and everyone in these United States, especially Christians, to love our neighbors by our words and deeds and pray that God brings peace, justice, and most of all, healing to all. Join us in praying that our faith will be turned into action, our political leaders will stand against racism, hatred, and violence, and God will use us so that this world may be transformed.”
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“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.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
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.