Why are we doing this?
“It’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than to have an ambulance at the bottom.”
– Rev. Art Simon
In the 1970s, Rev. Art Simon, the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on New York City’s Lower East Side, often found himself responding to emergency situations caused by hunger and poverty in his neighborhood. He joined with other church leaders in the area to determine best ways to address the root causes of hunger locally and globally. This was the origin of Bread for the World (BFW) in 1974, a Christian voice whose mission is to end hunger at home and abroad by urging elected officials to take actions directed at root causes.
BFW’s goal is to help end hunger by 2030. It believes that everyone must play a part in ending hunger, especially our federal government. They work to change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. BFW seeks long-term solutions to hunger and advocates on legislation that addresses the root causes of hunger.
BFW has 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 BFW’s staff in Washington, D.C., and around the country.
God’s grace moves BFW and us to build the political commitment needed to overcome hunger and poverty. We believe it is possible to end hunger in our time.
–Adapted from BFW’s website
World & Community sponsors this offering of letters each year as an opportunity for us to express to our elected congressional leaders our own commitment to following the example of Jesus in sharing our abundance to feed the hungry and joining them in a global meal of thanksgiving.