A Statement of Policy (Provisional Draft) by Bread for the World
The Board of Directors of Bread for the Worldoffered this provisional draft to its membership in March 1975for reflection and comment.
Our response to the hunger crisis springs from God's love for all people. By creating us and redeeming us through Jesus Christ, he has given us a love that will not turn aside from those who lack daily bread. Our own human wholeness no less than theirs is at stake.
As Christians we affirm the right to food: the right of every man, woman and child on earth to a nutritionally adequate diet. This right is grounded in the value God places on human life and in the belief that "the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof." Because other considerations flow from these, we cannot rest until the fruit of God's earth is shared in a way that befits his human family.
Today hundreds of millions suffer from acute hunger. Emergency food aid is imperative. For this reason Bread for the World supports the work of church and other agencies in alleviating hunger, and urges increased support for them. However, the problem is far too massive for private agencies alone. The resources that governments command must also be used if food is to reach people in most areas of famine.
But emergency aid is not enough. We need to think in terms of long-range strategies that deal with the causes of hunger.