David Beckmann

President Emeritus of Bread for the World
Founder and President Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger
World Food Prize Laureate

What You Need to Know

I’m coming to the end of many years as president of Bread for the World and the Alliance to End Hunger, advocacy organizations working to bring about the end of hunger. I'm confident in the organizations' incoming leadership, and will stay actively involved in some ways. But I will have more freedom to think and write about poverty, God, and politics - and I would like to do that in community.

My main focus will be emerging strategies to build the public and political will we need to overcome hunger and poverty, what we can do to get our government to provide help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in our country and around the world – now and after we emerge from the COVID crisis.

COVID-19 is not only a health crisis. It is also a hunger crisis. The economic fall-out from the pandemic is provoking a huge surge in hunger and poverty in the United States and worldwide

We should pray for our political leaders and advocate for policies that respond to the crisis and its impact among vulnerable and poor people. This year’s elections will shape the future for our nation and the world, so we need to give time, money, and votes to good candidates. We also need to pursue long-term strategies to heal the crippling divisions in America and build stronger public and political commitment to the progress against poverty and disease that is possible in our time.


I’ll publish posts when I have something worthwhile to share, and you can count on a new post on the first of each month. You can subscribe if you want posts and other news emailed to you, and we can also connect on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) or by email. I hope you will share your thoughts and insights, so that we learn from each other.

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