July 22, 2020

Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis

Washington, D.C. – Today, Bread for the World released the following statement on the passing of U.S. representative and civil rights leader John Lewis:

“Bread for the World mourns the passing of Rep. John Lewis, an African American faith leader who was a hero and icon of the civil rights movement. A leader and speaker at the historic March on Washington, during his 23 years representing Georgia’s 5th district in the U.S. Congress he was often referred to as our ‘nation’s moral conscience.’ Rep. Lewis dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he and other civil rights leaders called 'The Beloved Community’ in the U.S. and globally.

“While in Congress, Rep. Lewis supported expansion of numerous anti-hunger initiatives including legislation to improve and expand food security and nutrition programs globally, and child nutrition and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the U.S. Bread was honored to work with him on these efforts over the years. May his life and legacy be an inspiration to all who stand courageously to end hunger and poverty and seek the end injustice everywhere.”   

The efforts to redress systemic racism and injustice, violence, and oppression we see today would not be possible without the leadership and sacrifices made by Rep. Lewis and so many others. In this moment in our nation, Bread for the World reaffirms its commitment to these efforts. Read our statement: A call to life, racial justice, healing, and transformation.

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.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    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

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

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

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • 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.

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