Bread for the World’s Arthur Simon talks candidly about the politics of feeding the hungry.

Every day another 40,000 children die of hunger and infection. At least one-tenth of the human race suffers from chronic malnutrition. Included in these figures are one hundred fifty million Africans—trapped in unrelenting famine.

Simultaneously, global military spending outweighs aid to developing countries twenty to one.

From these statistics, many conclude that the forces that move the world economy are beyond the influence of church groups and religious leaders. However, Bread for the World, a Christian citizens’ movement that attempts to make the needs of the hungry a priority in the halls of government, is working effectively to change “the politics of hunger.”

In 1974 Bread for the World began with a handful of Christians from a number of denominations. Today, the group is a respected and effective lobby with over 48,000 members. Working closely with church-related relief agencies, Bread for the World informs government leaders about hunger issues, and assists in formulating policy and drafting legislation.

Bread for the World’s support comes from both Republicans and Democrats, and they have contributed to the establishment of an emergency grain reserve for famine relief, the passage of the Hunger and Global Security Act, and the creation of theChild Survival Fund.

In this interview, Arthur Simon, founder and director of Bread for the World, addresses key issues surrounding world hunger. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and has served as a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for ten years.

The recent focus of organized efforts by the church ...

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