The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A lifelong journey to end hunger

ELCA pastor wins World Food Prize for work with Bread for the World

In high school, David Beckmann was first inspired by Arthur Simon after he read one of his books. Beckmann had no idea that one day he would follow directly in his inspiration's footsteps, taking over as president of Bread for the World, which Simon founded in 1974.

And he certainly had no idea he would receive the 2010 World Food Prize, an honor he shared with Jo Luck of Heifer International.

His work in shaping development programs
His work in shaping development programs so they "truly reflect the needs of the poorest people in the world" earned ELCA pastor David Beckmann the World Food Prize.

The World Food Prize recognized Beckmann for having "significant impact in shaping international development programs so they truly reflect the needs of the poorest people in the world, and in mobilizing a grassroots effort for more focused policies and increased appropriations for hunger alleviation by the U.S. government and its partners."

And if Beckmann wasn't already having a banner year, Bread for the World's campaigning appears to have directly helped shift U.S. policy toward hunger. President Barack Obama in September announced a directive that he hopes will further reduce worldwide poverty.

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