September 6, 2018

Bread for the World Statement on New U.S. Hunger Data and the Farm Bill

Congress Must Make Funding Decisions That End Hunger. Brian Duss / Bread for the World

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today released a statement on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Report on Household Food Security in the United States in 2017.” The statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:  

“Bread for the World celebrates news that the number of Americans who struggle with hunger declined again in 2017. Hunger has been declining gradually as the economy has been improving over the last seven years. But hunger is not yet back down to the pre-recession level of 2007. Millions of American families still struggle to put food on the table.

“The conferees on the Farm Bill should not cut SNAP food benefits, as the House of Representatives narrowly voted to do. We favor measures to help low-income people succeed in the labor market, but the increased work requirements in the House bill would, in our judgment, increase hunger.”

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
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    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

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For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

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  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy