Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a 501(c)(4) organization that lobbies Congress for hungry people. It does more lobbying on poverty issues than any other organization in the country. In this work, Bread for the World has strong connections with 50 diverse Christian denominations and 4,000 congregations. Its grassroots network is active in every congressional district and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of thoughtful constituent contacts with Congress each year.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging the nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, they advocate for a world without hunger.
Bread members send letters and emails, make phone calls, and visit their members of Congress about legislation that addresses hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Bread equips its members to communicate with Congress and to work with others on advocacy. It educates members on hunger-related issues and inspires members to be legislative activists as a way of putting their Christian faith into action.
Bread works in partnership with churches, campuses, and other organizations to mobilize Christians and others in congressional districts and states.
Bread’s goal is to help end hunger by 2030. It believes that everyone must play a part in ending hunger, especially the federal government. They work to change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. Bread seeks long-term solutions to hunger and advocates on legislation that addresses the root causes of hunger.
They have a track record of winning bipartisan legislation that helps hungry people feed their families. They are successful because the grassroots network of members and activists works in concert with national denominations, networks, and organizations supported by Bread’s staff in Washington, D.C., and around the country.
God’s grace moves us to build the political commitment needed to overcome hunger and poverty. They believe it is possible to end hunger in time.
Over the years, Bread’s Offering of Letters and other campaigns have won far-reaching changes for hungry and poor people. Bread’s members have written millions of letters to their members of Congress.
In 1991, Rev. David Beckmann succeeded Simon as president. Also a Lutheran pastor, Beckmann had worked for 15 years at the World Bank. Under his leadership, Bread has become increasingly more prominent, with a significantly bigger membership, budget, and staff.
Bread has also branched out over the years, establishing two affiliates:
Bread for the World Institute, established in 1975, provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. Each year since 1990, the Institute has published a highly regarded Hunger Report, an authoritative analysis of hunger trends and a resource for hunger statistics.
The Alliance to End Hunger, established in 2001, engages diverse organizations—including Jewish and Muslim groups, charities, universities, and corporations—to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad.
Bread for the World welcomes all people — whoever they are and wherever they are on their journey. They celebrate the gifts of God that empower them to engage boldly in the struggles of life and to care for others with love, justice, and compassion.
Bread for the World values and embrace differences. They foster an environment of diversity and welcome opportunities to become more inclusive.
Bread for the World works to strengthen the presence and participation of diverse constituencies in the office, the outreach, and all of the work.
Bread for the World is moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ to work for justice for hungry and poor people. They may be in the next house or in the next country. No matter where they live, whoever they may be, they are the neighbors. They affirm the mission to work by God’s grace with and for the neighbors.