Bread for the World

Celebrating more than 25 years of seeking justice for the world's hungry people, Bread for the World is a Christian voice for ending hunger in the new century.

Bread for the World's 46,000 members contact their senators and representatives about legislation that affects hungry people in the United States and worldwide. We do not provide direct relief or development assistance. Rather, we focus on using the power we have as citizens in a democracy to support policies that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Thousands of local churches and community groups support Bread for the World's efforts by writing letters to Congress and making financial gifts to the organization. Bread for the World groups across the country meet locally to pray, study and take action; members meet with their representatives in Congress, organize telephone trees, win media coverage and reach out to new churches.

For more information, or to contact Bread for the World, see their website at: www.bread.org

» Recent News

Bread for the World Statement in Honor of Pope John Paul II
04 Apr 05 | Bread for the World joins the world community in mourning the death of Pope John Paul II while remembering his life's work and accomplishments.

Senate Committee Drafts MCA Legislation; Major Step Taken to Increase U.S. Foreign Assistance
21 May 03 | In March of 2002, President Bush articulated a clear vision for a new foreign assistance initiative that would narrow the "growing divide between wealth and poverty" in the world's poorest countries.

Rich Nations Need to Work Together to Eliminate Crop Subsidies; Would Triple Agricultural Trade in Developing World
02 Apr 03 | Bread for the World Institute's thirteenth annual report on the state of world hunger, contains new research that the current system of agricultural subsidies in the developed world depresses the economies of poorer nations.

House Passes Welfare Bill
16 May 02 | "Up until last Friday I was cautiously optimistic that the House might make some quality improvements to welfare reform. Then, out of nowhere, House leaders snuck in this Contract with America relic to begin block granting the Food Stamp Program...

Report Says Important Congressional Decisions In 2002 Could Lead To Reductions In World Hunger
18 Apr 02 | "A Future with Hope," the twelfth annual report on the state of world hunger produced by Bread for the World Institute, finds that U.S. congressional decisions about the welfare program and a reassessment of U.S. relations with Africa and other ...

Faith-Based Leader Applauds President Bush And New Funding To Address The Evil Of Hunger And Poverty
14 Mar 02 | Below is a statement from Bread for the World President Rev. "I applaud President Bush's leadership on this vital issue.

Bread for the World On President Bush's Outline Of Welfare Proposal
26 Feb 02 | David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a leading faith-based anti-hunger advocacy organization, on the welfare reauthorization plan proposed by President Bush today. "The President does propose vague job training and education ...

Senate Votes To Restore Food Stamp Eligibility For Legal Immigrants
07 Feb 02 | "The overwhelming vote today in the Senate to restore food stamps for legal immigrants is a vote for fairness and common sense. With today's vote, the Senate has followed President Bush's courageous lead to restore fairness to the Food Stamp ...

Helping The Hungry?
04 Feb 02 | "In this time of economic distress, President Bush is to be commended for seeking increased funding for the Women, Infants, and Children program by $364 million in 2003. "President Bush's budget would also allow food stamp recipients to own a ...

Congress Approves Resolution Calling For Additional Aid For Africa, Leadership From President
05 Dec 01 | Following a year of intense grassroots lobbying, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan proposal calling for significant new development assistance to sub-Saharan Africa and for President Bush to work with African and other world ...

With Senate Expected To Begin Debate Of Farm Bill, Faith-Based Organization's 45,000 Members Lobby For Food Stamp Improvements
28 Nov 01 | The nutrition title passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee two weeks ago includes $6.2 billion in new funding for food stamps over ten years, but the committee narrowly rejected a better proposal by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to boost food ...

Statement of Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World, On America's Second Harvest Report: Hunger In America 2001
14 Nov 01 | Food banks perform heroic work on the front lines in the fight against hunger, but they cannot be a substitute for a strong Food Stamp Program. Congress has slashed funding for food stamps and it's unrealistic to believe that food banks alone can...

House Panel Approves Resolution Calling on Bush, Congress to Boost Aid to Africa
02 Nov 01 | The proposal also requests President Bush report back to Congress with five- and 10-year plans for increasing development assistance and reducing hunger in Africa. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) and 153 bipartisan co-sponsors, calls...

Farm Bill's Nutrition Proposal A Dramatically Improved Lifeline For Nation's Hungry, Says Bread for the World
24 Oct 01 | David Beckmann, president of the Christian, grassroots anti-hunger organization Bread for the World, praised the nutrition portion of Sen. Richard Lugar's (R-Ind.) recently introduced "Farm Bill." "Senator Lugar deserves enormous credit for ...

Statement By Rev. David Beckmann On Senate Passage Of $15.5 Billion Foreign Operations Bill
24 Oct 01 | WASHINGTON (Oct. 24) - The U.S. Senate today passed a $15.5 billion Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2002. The Senate bill's passage follows approval in July by the House of Representatives of a $15.2 billion foreign ...

U.S. Senate Passes Hagel-Leahy Proposal Calling For Additional Aid To Africa, Plan From President To Fight Hunger
18 Jul 01 | WASHINGTON-With wide-ranging bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate passed a proposal early Wednesday evening calling for additional development assistance to Africa and for President Bush to work with other world leaders to dramatically reduce ...

Foreign Relations Panel Approves Bill Calling On Bush, Congress To Boost Aid To Africa
12 Jul 01 | WASHINGTON (July 12)-The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee today unanimously approved a bipartisan proposal calling for significant new development assistance to Africa and for President Bush to work with other world leaders to dramatically ...

Hagel, Leahy Unveil Proposal To Boost Aid To Africa
21 Jun 01 | The Hagel-Leahy Hunger to Harvest proposal cites the calculation by Bread for the World that the goal of reducing world hunger in half by 2015 is achievable through an international increase of $4 billion annually in poverty-focused development ...

National Gathering on Africa demonstrates ecumenical solidarity, call to action
18 Jun 01 | The conference is sponsored by Bread for the World, Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran Stand with Africa campaign partners (Lutheran World Relief, ELCA World Hunger Program and Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod World Relief). "We as Christians ...

International Affairs Budget Cut To The Bone
09 May 01 | FACT I: President Bush's initial FY 2002 budget proposal had already cut $200 million from current spending levels on international development, humanitarian programs and debt relief. Congress has now cut an additional $700 million for FY 2002 ...

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