Bread for the World

Bread for the World (BFW) is a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers.

In October 1972, a small group of Catholics and Protestants met to reflect on how persons of faith could be mobilized to influence U.S. policies that address the causes of hunger. Under the leadership of the Reverend Arthur Simon, the group began to test the idea in the spring of 1974. By year’s end, more than 500 people had joined the ranks of Bread for the World as citizen advocates for hungry people. This small group has grown to a nationwide movement of more than 58,000 members. In September 1991, the Reverend David Beckmann succeeded Simon as president.

BFW’s 58.000 members are organized by congressional district into local networks nationwide. We write, call and visit members of Congress, and generate media attention about national legislation and other efforts that address hunger. BFW staff keep members up-to-date on hunger-related issues and pending decisions.


As individuals, we may volunteer in social ministries and give to our churches’ hunger appeals. But we also know that a single decision by Congress or the president can outweigh or multiply our contributions.


Every year during worship services and other events, tens of thousands of BFW members and others offer to God letters we have written to our members of Congress on legislation that is important to hungry people. Again and again, our Offerings of Letters win significant victories.






Illinois Field Office

205 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-629-9529 Fax: 312-629-9531


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