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    Victor Adamo

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

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

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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...

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    Stephan Bauman

    Baltimore, Md.
    President and chief executive officer of World Relief.

    Former senior vice president of programs and Rwanda country director for World Relief. Former director of international programs for World Hope International — leading relief and development work in 25 countries in the agriculture, education...

  • 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

    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

    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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    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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    Derick Dailey

    Secretary of the Board

    New York, N.Y.
    Law student

    Candidate for a Doctorate of Jurisprudence at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Graduate of Yale University with a M.A. in Religion and Ethics. Graduate of Westminster College with a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies. Member of the 2013 Global...

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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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    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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    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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    Denis Madden

    Baltimore, Md.
    Auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Baltimore; serves as the urban vicar.

    Has lived in the Middle East for nine years working on humanitarian and peace projects. Board member, Catholic Relief Services. Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Intercultural Concerns....

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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

    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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    Megan Mayle

    Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Bread activist. ONE Campaign Congressional District Leader for Colorado District 5.

    Compassion International project and support specialist working to release children from  poverty through holistic development. Here's Life Inner City participant volunteering at food banks, day camps...

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    Jim McGovern

    U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (Democrat).

    Currently serving his ninth term in Congress, McGovern serves as the second ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee and as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Co-chair, House Hunger Caucus. Co-chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. McGovern has...

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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.
    Volunteer Executive Director, Interfaith Hunger Initiative.

    Facilitator, Food Resource Network. Co-Chair, Child Hunger Initiative. Former Chair of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute Board of Directors. Retired from senior executive role for Elanco animal health after 28...

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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

    Houton, N.Y.
    President, Houton 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

    Vice Chair of the Board

    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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    Carlos Navarro

    Albuquerque, N.M.
    Volunteer state coordinator for Bread New Mexico.

    Convener, Interfaith Hunger Coaltion in New Mexico. Advisory Committee member, Share New Mexico, Member of New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council and Social Concerns Committee at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish. Managing editor/writer...

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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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    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

    Memphis, Tenn.
    Bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and presiding prelate, First Episcopal District.

    Previously bishop for CME missions in Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, and Haiti; and pastor in Alabama, North Carolina, Missouri, and Mississippi. Formerly editor of The Christian Index, the...

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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, Dept. 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 students. Co...

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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.
    Interim Director of Marketing and Communications at Church World Service and Masters of Divinity student at Chicago Theological Seminary.

    CROP Hunger Walk organizer. Deacon at UCC Church in Plymouth. Bread for the World 2008 Hunger Justice Leader and Bread activist. Graduate of Indiana...

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    William Shaw

    Philadelphia, Pa.
    Pastor of White Rock Baptist Church.

    Former President of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Steering Committee member, Christian Churches Together (U.S.A.). Chairman, Trustee Board for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Board member, Junior Achievement. Member, Philadelphia...

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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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    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

    Treasurer of the Board

    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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    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.

  • Budget 101: Block Grants, Flexibility, and Per Capita Caps

    Recent congressional budget proposals and plans to reduce poverty include options for changing the structure of current social programs from “entitlements,” which provide sufficient funding to address the needs of everyone who meets the eligibility requirements to “block grants,” which provide...

  • Key African American Contributions to Ending Hunger and Poverty

    Leaders from the African-American community have helped our country and other nations inch ever closer to the goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Key contributions by African-Americans throughout this century can be found below.


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...

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