The Nebraska native who’s being recognized tomorrow with an international award for his efforts to fight world hunger says political activism is the key to reducing poverty. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, is a co-winner of the 2010 World Food Prize.
Beckmann, who grew up in Lincoln, says for most people, there is a disconnect between their charitable giving and political beliefs.
“We tend as a nation to be privately generous and publicly stingy,” Beckmann said. “So the same people who go to the food bank on a Saturday and work, when it comes to voting on November 2, they are going to vote for somebody who will whack funding for food stamps.”
Bread for the World is a non-partisan Christian organization that lobbies lawmakers to address issues of poverty and hunger. Beckmann claims the issue has not been a priority in Congress since the 1970s.
“People know in their bones that we can produce enough food to provide for everybody,” Beckmann said. “But in our own country, one in four kids in the current economy is not always eating. This is fixable.”
Beckmann is sharing the World Food Prize with Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, a global poverty and hunger relief charity based in Arkansas. They’ll be presented with their World Food Prize awards Thursday during a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
Learn more at: www.worldfoodprize.org