Faith-Based Organization Tackles Logistics of Ending Hunger

by Annique Mclune


In the United States, many low-income workers, people with disabilities, and retirees and their families are faced with the dilemma of careful planning to ensure that they budget for food to get adequate nutrition. With so many people suffering from hunger and food insecurity in the U.S. and worldwide, is it possible to end world hunger?

According to Bread for the World.org, world hunger is not merely a shortage of food, but rather a lack of access to food. Some people are hungry because there is a short supply of food in their area.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in collaboration with the campus-wide focus on food, David Beckman, the president of Bread for the World, gave a presentation on ending world hunger.

Beckman is a World Food Prize Laureate and has been the President of Bread for the world since 1991. Bread for the World, founded by a Clergyman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1974, is a faith-based citizen movement and its main objective is to end hunger in the United States and Worldwide.

Although the organization is Christian-based, its membership involves other religions and people of goodwill. The collective body has about two and a half million people who take action, connected online, and signing petitions whenever necessary.

The adverse effects of hunger are tremendous and disheartening, food insecurity and poverty are contributing factors faced by many in the U.S. and around the world. Especially children who are faced with hunger are at risk of chronic health conditions, stressful life conditions, psychiatric distress and behavioural problems.

The history of hunger advocacy is a progression from 1990 and Beckman made known of the fact that public policy is crucial to end hunger. The progression is due to the policy implementation and benefits by the U.S. government.

The U.S. government can play a significant role worldwide to end hunger and as such Americans are influential in persuading the government to do just that. Bread for the World organizes people of goodwill that are aware of world hunger want to make a difference, and as such will lobby to government officials.

Bread for the World has an annual Offering of Letters which is a campaign that engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress. For the focus of the campaign, the members choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make difference in the lives of people struggling with hunger and poverty, this gives everyone a voice to become a part of the initiative in an impactful way.

In 2016, Congress passed the Global Food Security Act, which calls for a global food security strategy that fights hunger and malnutrition and will strengthen the food production. It will benefit many of the 795 million chronically malnourished people, including 159 million children, worldwide. The members aided in the passage of the bill by personally lobbying their members of congress.

“Having David Beckman come to Westchester Community College campus is a rare and important event. Bread for the world is not a well known organization which should be known by everyone because of its slogan: act and donate,” said Dr Anne D’Orazio, event coordinator and international law professor. “I thought that his presentation was genuine and very informative, he explained ending world hunger in a way that people would understand it.”

The event provided crucial information to ending world hunger as well as ways in which it can happen. Beckman encouraged attendees to visit the organization’s website breadforworld.org and become active in the initiative if possible.

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