Bread for the World’s President David Beckmann says that “hundreds of millions of people have escaped from hunger and poverty in our time, and all the nations of the world have acknowledged that further progress is possible.” Bread for the World is a nonprofit organization that asks for a political commitment from United States policy makers to help end hunger in our country and abroad. According to Bread for the World, hunger in the United States is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather by the pervasiveness of poverty. Bread for the World insists that in ending world hunger, the world must first deal with the causes of poverty, as these two issues go hand-in-hand. The organization develops strategies to end world hunger by educating policy leaders and the public on tactics that will effectively combat the root causes of the issue.
Recently, members of Bread for the World participated in The Fast for Families campaign which involved over 1,000 activists occupying the offices of 170 congressional representatives who were inactive on 2013 law reform. The campaign was a hopeful promise for increased grassroots action and engagement for 2014.
Additional plans for 2014 include the Offering of Letters initiative focusing on the reform of United States food aid policy. United States food aid has benefited over three billion hungry and malnourished people globally, but there are much needed reforms for the future. As a collective Christian voice, Bread for the World participants communicate to Congress their urgent advocacies for fair, compassionate laws, bringing the issues of hunger to the forefront of public policy discussion.
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