June 9, 2015

Bread for the World Activists Visit Capitol Hill to Advocate for Domestic and International Nutrition Programs

Today, more than 250 people will take part in Bread for the World’s 2015 Lobby Day. Bread activists will advocate for hungry children in the United States and around the world by urging Congress to support the Summer Meals Act of 2015 and the Global Food Security Act of 2015.

“Today, we are advocating for legislation that will help us reach our goal of ending hunger by 2030,” said Eric Mitchell, director of government relations at Bread for the World. “You cannot end hunger as long as there are millions of children who are living in households that are struggling to put food on the table, and there are farmers in need of resources to grow food in their communities.”

In the U.S., only one out of every seven low-income children getting free lunch at school also receives meals during the summer. The Summer Meals Act would strengthen and expand access to nutritious meals for children during the summer months.

Feed the Future, which was created as a response to the 2008 food crisis, helps more than 7 million small-scale farmers increase crop production, and provides nutritious food to more than 12.5 million children around the world.

“Congress has an opportunity, this year, to pass legislation which directly impacts millions of children in the U.S. and abroad,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We thank all of the congressional leaders who are working tirelessly to ensure that ending hunger is a top priority. We know that you have a difficult task, but the faith community is behind you.”

Later this evening, Bread for the World will honor Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for their continued leadership on issues impacting hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.

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