Although this book serves as a general introduction to world hunger, it emphasizes primarily the neglected role of public policy. Millions suddenly want to do something about world hunger. Few bother with public policy. Yet government policies may multiply or nullify a hundredfold all private efforts to assist hungry people. Ordinary persons can help to shape those policies. That is the thesis of this book. Because Christians have a special invitation to care about hungry people, the book is addressed primarily to them, but it is intended also for others.

The United States has steadily retreated from policies that would help hungry people. Much misunderstanding about hunger and its causes -- and about what this country is doing -- lies behind our retreat. A better understanding would go a long way toward helping the nation reach out to others in a manner worthy of its founding ideals.

Basic elements of a global plan to reduce hunger emerged at the World Food Conference in November 1974. The Conference named increased food production among the rural poor in Asia, Africa and Latin America as the primary strategy. How will that happen? This "simple" step requires that most nations, especially our own, put it high on their agendas when policies are developed and legislation is hammered out. To date neither Congress nor the Administration seems especially interested. But if alert voters in each congressional district began to insist, our leaders would soon respond.

I try to present this point of view without dwelling at length on aspects of hunger that are covered well in other books. A few of these, along with other resources, are listed in Chapter 14.

This book spells out some of the main themes that concern Bread for the World, a new Christian citizens' movement from which the book's title is taken. Although I wrote at the request


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Bread for the World


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 182

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?