August 12, 2015

Presidential Candidates Speak on Hunger

The videos released so far were made by Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Martin O'Malley, and Bernie Sanders. View them at The other declared presidential candidates were contacted but have not yet provided videos.

The videos are being disseminated through the networks of all of the Circle’s members. They can also be viewed on YouTube.

"We are praying for a president who will make ending hunger and poverty a top priority of his or her administration. Are you that leader?" the letter asked. Read the full letter.

Circle of Protection members, including Bread, will not publicly evaluate the policy positions or endorse any candidate.

"We will be calling on people of faith to examine presidential candidates to see if they have a heart for poor and hungry people. We want to know how each candidate proposes to fulfill the mandate to those who govern to ’give deliverance to the needy’ (Psalm 72),” the leaders added in the letter.

According to the latest U.S. Census data, 49 million Americans are at risk of hunger, while 45 million live in poverty. One in five children lives in poverty. That is 15 million children, 5 million of them under age 6.

The Circle of Protection sees the videos as the beginning of an active debate about how to alleviate hunger and poverty and hopes these issues will be at the center of the presidential campaign.

As a major step toward helping to end hunger by 2030, Bread’s goal is to have a president and Congress who put hunger and poverty among their top priorities in place in 2017. This initiative of gathering videos from presidential candidate is preparation for that. Bread will also be active in several ways in congressional elections. That part of its election work will begin this fall. Watch the Bread newsletter for details.

No comments: