Bread for the World President Says, 'Your Calls Made a Difference'

April 02, 2009

Bread for the World President David Beckman issued a statement, April 1, saying, "Thanks to your efforts, the voices of poor and hungry people were heard in Congress today!"


Bread for the World is "a Christian voice for ending hunger." June Kim, executive secretary of the World Hunger/Poverty and Sustainable Agriculture and Development programs of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), is on the Bread for the World Board of Directors, where she serves as secretary.


Beckman reported:


"The Senate passed an amendment adding $4 billion for International Affairs back into [its] budget resolution.


"Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Lugar (R-IN) offered the amendment - and your calls and emails convinced the Senate that this was an important thing to do.


"The international affairs part of the budget contains the programs that help reduce hunger and poverty. By adopting the Kerry-Lugar amendment, the Senate signaled its support for programs that address agriculture, nutrition, health, water and education in poor countries around the world.


"The budget process has only begun, but this vote is an important first step in the effort to bolster U.S. poverty focused assistance in the year ahead," Beckman concluded.


"Your calls made a difference!" he added. "Thank you!"