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    Victor Adamo

    Birmingham, Ala.
    Community volunteer and retired president of ProAssurance Corporation.

    Bread for the World member since 1974. Board member of Community Soup Kitchens of Birmingham. Community volunteer with local organizations, including the United Way of Central Alabama, All Saints Episcopal Church, and the...

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    Spencer Bachus

    Birmingham, Ala.
    Former U.S. Representative from Alabama (Republican).

    Former Chair, House Financial Services Committee. A champion for debt relief for poor countries, leading to substantial improvements in health and education and reduced world hunger. A lead advocate of historic bipartisan debt relief...

  • Bread for the World president Rev. David Beckmann. Bread for the World photo
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    David Beckmann


    Rev. David Beckmann has been president of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute since 1991, leading large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty.

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    Beth Bostrom

    Sebastian, Fla.
    Pastor, Roseland United Methodist Church.

    Previously United Methodist Chaplain, University of Miami. Former Bread for the World Hunger Justice Leader and local Bread Team member. Formerly served in pediatric chaplaincy in Atlanta and case management with people experiencing homelessness in...

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    Matthew Boulton

    Indianapolis, Ind.
    President and professor of theology, Christian Theological Seminary.

    Former associate professor of ministry studies, Harvard Divinity School. Has researched how Christian worship founds and forms Christian life, based in the history and practices of Christian liturgy; theology and public...

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    Bob Cahill

    New York, N.Y.
    Chair, Investment Subcommittee and Member, Development Committee.

    Board member of Alliance to End Hunger and Gregorian University Foundation. Board chair emeritus, City Harvest, New York City perishable food program. Former chair of board of trustees, Loyola School. Chair, Morality in Media....

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    John Carr

    Vice Chair of the Board

    Cheverly, Md.
    Founder and director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University.

    Washington correspondent, America magazine. Recent Fellow, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Former executive director, Dept of Justice, Peace and Human...

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    Iva Carruthers

    Secretary of the Board

    Chicago, Ill.
    General Secretary of Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, which engages progressive African-American faith leaders in social justice issues.

    Founder and director of Lois House, an urban retreat center. Trustee of Chicago Theological Seminary, Kwame Nkrumah Academy, and Shared Interest. Professor...

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    Arturo Chavez

    San Antonio, Texas
    President and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College.

    At MACC, led the transition from a Cultural Center to a Catholic College that offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in pastoral ministry. Has worked for more than 30 years in a variety of ministries — as a teacher, youth minister, a chaplain...

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    Walter Contreras

    Los Angeles, Calif.
    Western U.S. vice president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

    Advocate and activist for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Member, Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders. Has served as coordinador of hispanic ministries, director of outreach and Hispanic church...

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    Bob Dole

    Washington, D.C.
    Former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate.

    Former Republican candidate for President. Long-term member of the Senate Committee on Nutrition. Chairman, National World War II Memorial Campaign. Chairman, International Commission on Missing Persons. Honorary co-chair, Alliance to End Hunger....

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    Dick Durbin

    Springfield, Ill.
    U.S. Senator from Illinois (Democrat).

    Assistant Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. A leader on U.S. and global hunger and poverty issues. Chairman, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government of the Appropriations Committee. Chairman, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil...

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    Jeff Fortenberry

    Lincoln, Neb.
    U.S. Representative from Nebraska (Republican).

    Member of the House Appropriations Committee, and the subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Energy and Water. Co-Chair of the Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East and the...

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    Mike Goorhouse

    Holland, Mich.
    President/CEO, Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

    Recipient of the Catalyst Award by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Previously served as a member of the youth advisory council, development committee, 60th anniversary task force, and as vice president for donor...

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    Fred Gross

    Stevens Point, Wis.
    Family physician on staff at Family Health/La Clinica de los Campesinos, the only migrant health center in Wisconsin.

    Active in migrant worker health care for over 20 years. Participated in numerous medical mission trips to Latin America. Justice and Peace committee member, St. Joseph...

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    Tony Hall

    Arlington, Va.
    Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger.

    Former Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy. Represented Ohio for 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Founding member and former chairman of the U.S. Select Committee on Hunger. Founder and...

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    Tom Hart

    Washington, D.C.
    North American executive director of ONE.

    Responsible for ONE’s advocacy, communications, and campaign activities in the United States and Canada. Leads a bipartisan team dedicated to proposing and passing government policies to fight disease, hunger, and poverty, mostly in Africa. Before...

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    David Husby

    Chicago, Ill.
    Director, Covenant World Relief, the Evangelical Covenant Church’s humanitarian aid ministry responsible for disaster relief and transformational community development worldwide.

    In more than 25 years with the Evangelical Covenant Church, has provided leadership in pastoral care, staff...

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    Sandra Joireman

    Chair of the Board

    Richmond, Va.
    Weinstein Chair of International Studies and professor of political science, University of Richmond.

    Holds an A.B. in Anthropology and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Specializes in...

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    Hee-Soo Jung

    Sun Prairie, Wis.
    Bishop, United Methodist Church, North Central Jurisdiction, Wisconsin Episcopal Area.

    President, General Board of Global Ministries. President, UMC Korean Ministry Plan. Former board chair, United Methodist Committee on Relief. Former vice president, JustPeace. Served eight years as Bishop...

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    Carlos Malavé

    Louisville, Ky.
    Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA, an ecumenical forum of churches and Chrisitan orgianzations from all the families of U.S. Christianity.

    Previously, Assistant Stated Clerk at the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and before that,...

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    Michael Martin

    Treasurer of the Board

    San Francisco, Calif.
    Internal medicine specialist, MD, MBA, MPH.

    Clinical faculty, University of California, San Francisco. Involved in a variety of medical, business, research and humanitarian interests. Bread for the World member for more than thirty years. Catholic.

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    Joe Martingale

    New York, N.Y.
    Chair, Audit Committee. Health benefits consultant.

    Bread for the World activist, past chair of the Partnership for the Homeless, founder and director of the New York Business Group on Health, director of the New York Health Purchasing Alliance (a small business health benefits purchasing...

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    Jim McGovern

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (Democrat).

    Currently serving his eleventh term in Congress. Serves as the second-ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee and as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where he is Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Nutrition. Co-chair, House Hunger...

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    Terry Meehan

    New York, N.Y.
    Chairman, Azimuth Investment Management, LLC.

    Former Chairman, Fleet Meehan Specialist, Inc. Former governor of the New York Stock Exchange. Fellow, Foreign Policy Association. Board member, Alliance to End Hunger, SupplyPro, Interfaith Center of New York, New York League of Conservation...

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    David Miner

    Indianapolis, Ind.

    Projects Chair and Board member, Indy Hunger Network. Former Board chair, Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute. Member, Bread New Century Council. Former volunteer executive director, Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Retired from senior executive role for Elanco animal health...

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    William Moore

    Raleigh, N.C. 
    Executive director, The Eleanor Crook Foundation. 

    Formerly Chief Storyteller, UN Millennium Campaign, where he travelled to dozens of countries to raise awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals and surveyed people regarding their development needs. Generated a photo-narrative project...

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    Jerry Moran

    Plainville, Kan.
    U.S. Senator from Kansas (Republican).

    Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee. Co-founder, Senate Hunger Caucus. Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations (Agriculture Subcommittee); Senate Committee on Banking Housing, and Urban Affairs; and Senate Committee on Veteran’s...

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    Shirley Mullen

    Houghton, N.Y.
    President, Houghton College

    Strives to prepare faith-driven young people for a life of integrated service, justice-seeking, and continued learning. Created the Center for Faith, Justice, and Global Engagement at Houghton College in 2001. In 2013, hosted a Faith & Justice Symposium on food...

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    Carol Myers

    Holland, Mich.
    Creator and editor of

    Bread supporter since 1975. Former Bread for the World congressional district coordinator. Initiated team presentations about Bread for the World and hunger in west Michigan. Served on Bread Board Committee to establish the endowment. Served in...

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    Melena Nelson

    La Plata, Md.
    Controller, Corporate Operations, McKissack & McKissack.

    Formerly controller at Center for Children, and before that at Community Health Charities and Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Has a breadth of financial expertise in nonprofits, including budgeting, forecasting, cash...

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    Donna Neste

    Springfield, Mo. and Minneapolis, Minn.

    Hunger activist and Bread member since 1978. Coordinator, Twin Cities Metro Bread Committee speakers bureau. Formerly coordinator of neighborhood ministries at Mount Olive Lutheran Church for more than two decades. Deep and practical understanding of the struggles of inner...

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    Chang Park

    Armonk, N.Y.
    Founder and CEO, Universal Remote Control, Inc.

    Former engineer and banker. National board member, Common Cause. Board member, Union Theological Seminary. Former Trustee and Treasurer, Riverside Church of New York City. Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy, Michigan Tech. As a child growing up in...

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    Devita Parnell

    Lilburn, Ga.
    Missional Resources Specialist, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

    Co-organizer of Advocacy in Action for leaders within CBF partner congregations. Member and deacon, First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA. Alumni Board Member, McAfee School of Theology. Member, Baptist Women in Ministry. Advocate for...

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    Richard Pates

    Des Moines, Iowa.
    Bishop of Des Moines.

    Member, Board of Direcors of the North American College in Rome, the National Advisory Board for the Center for Study of Church Management at Villanova Univeristy, the National Catholic Rural Lift Conference, the Board of Recents of Conception Seminary. Has served on...

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    Dawn Pierce

    Boise, Idaho.
    Licensed practical nurse and community advocate.

    Sought-after presenter and community educator. Makes the connection between hunger and health in a personal way: She has told her story of losing her job and needing food stamps at Bread’s 2013 National Gathering, in the Institute’s 2016 Hunger...

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    Katherine Pringle

    Pelham, N.Y.
    Parter, Litigation Department, Freidman, Kaplan, Seiler, & Adelman, LLP.

    Also serves as general counsel and advises the firm on matters of conflicts and ethics. Pro bono practice involving a religious organization’s First Amendment right to conduct outreach to the homeless, and...

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    Lawrence Reddick

    Cedar Hill, TX
    Senior Bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

    As Senior Bishop, is CEO of the CME Church; also Bishop of CME Churches of Texas and Jamaica. Previously bishop for CME missions in Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, and Haiti; and pastor in the CME Church in the Southeast and Midwest....

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    Shirley Reed

    Washington, D.C.
    President of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

    Former vice president of the Washington Conference Branch of the Women’s Missionary Society. Has served in the Women’s Missionary Society for more than 34 years. Member of the Tullie Quinn Missionary...

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    Jonathan Reyes

    Washington, D.C.
    Executive director, Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Former president and CEO of Catholic Charities and Community Service of the Archdiocese of Denver. Founder, Christ in the City, a national volunteer program for college...

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    Tara Reynolds

    Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dayton, Ohio.
    Third-year law student, Ohio Northern Univeristy Pettit College of Law.

    Bread activist. Law clerk, Dayton. In 2013, testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee during a hearing on the impact of federal budget decisions on families and communities, describing how...

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    Daniel Rift

    Oak Park, Ill.
    Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church World Hunger and Disaster Appeal.

    Daniel leads staff work on hunger education, networking, and fundraising. Delegate to the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. General Assembly. Former officer for Church World Service and former...

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    Angela Rupchock-Schafer

    Plymouth, Ind.

    Chief development and communications officer at Marshall County Community Foundation. Bread for the World 2008 Hunger Justice Leader and Bread activist. Chair, Marshall County Food Council. Ambassador, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Formerly director of marketing and communications at Church World...

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    Art Simon

    President emeritus and founder

    Bowie, Md.
    President emeritus and founder of Bread for the World.

    Former director, Washington office of Christian Children's Fund. Former pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lower East Side of NYC. Lutheran. 

    The Board has invited the President Emeritus to participate in Board meetings without vote...

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    Frances Simpson Allen

    New York, NY
    Programme Management Officer, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth at the United Nations. 

    Previously, worked on the global launch of the Sustainable Development Goals as Coordinator of the Post-2015 Strategy Hub in the United Nations Secretary General's office. Formerly worked on...

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    Susan Stall

    Greenville, S.C.
    Community volunteer.

    Former corporate banker with SunTrust Banks in Atlanta. National board member, JustFaith Ministries. Facilitator, Greenville JustFaith groups. National board member, Dining for Women, an 8,000-member giving circle. Trustee, F.W. Symmes Foundation, which serves the needs...

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    Sharon Thornberry

    Philomath, Ore.
    Community food systems manager, Oregon Food Bank.

    Long-time Bread for the World activist. Member of Bishop’s Initiative to End Hunger and Oregon Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. Past president and board member of the Community Food Security Coalition. Member, Oregon Hunger...

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    Martha Ward

    Seattle, Wash.
    Community volunteer to reduce hunger and homelessness.

    Board member, Compass Housing Alliance. Longtime Bread member, activist, and event organizer in Minneapolis, MN, and Seattle, WA. Management experience in human resources and corporate finance. Presbyterian.

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    Kate Weaver

    Austin, Texas.
    Associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

    Co-director, Innovations for Peace and Development at the University of Texas. Her research focuses on the modernization of international development aid, including transparency and...

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    Claire Wiggins

    Pasadena, Calif.
    Community Outreach Ministry Assistant, Lake Avenue Church.

    At Lake Avenue Church, works in civic engagement and advocacy, including planning an interfaith collaborative mayoral forum, initiating a ministry to use film documentaries to spur dialogue and advocacy, and connecting with a network...

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • The U.S. Contribution to Ending Global Malnutrition

    We have a new opportunity in 2017 to speed up global progress against malnutrition among pregnant women and young children. Worldwide, maternal and child malnutrition causes millions of deaths each year. In some countries, it holds entire generations back from reaching their economic potential....

  • Fact Sheet: Nutrition During Famine

    Famine means that 20 percent or more of the households in an area have “an extreme lack of food and other basic needs where starvation, death, and destitution are evident.”

    Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, while other areas of South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and...

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • The State of Black Poverty: A Pan-African Millennial Perspective on Ending Hunger by 2030

    Over the past year and a half, about two-dozen young adults from the United States and countries in Africa and the Caribbean, have gathered virtually and in person to reflect on the effects of hunger and poverty in black communities. The working group has been considering socio-political and...

  • Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

    Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

    Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut...