Friday, February 25, 2011

CitySquare's Annual Prayer Breakfast - Food for All and More!

On Thursday, March 3, at 7:15 A.M., CitySquare will be hosting its Annual Prayer Breakfast. This year, we'll be at the the Grand Pavillion at Market Hall.

This year, we kind of  return to our organizational roots. CitySquare began more than 20 years ago, addressing the issue of hunger and food insecurity among our neighbors. Everything we do now has grown from our belief that people shouldn't go hungry just because they are poor. But we've also found out, there really are no stand alone issues. Hunger and food insecurity are linked to poverty, economic development, education, work place productivity, health, mental and emotional well being.

This year, we want to expand our spiritual awareness regarding the issue of hunger and poverty and we also want to provide public awareness of the ways in which we can engage in addressing this serious issue.

David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World, will be our speaker. Beckmann previously worked at the World Bank for 15 years, overseeing large development projects and driving innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty.

Under his leadership, Bread for the World has garnered an impressive record of achievements. Due in part to the persistent, bipartisan advocacy of Bread members, the U.S. government has tripled funding for effective programs to help developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Bread has also helped double funding for U.S. nutrition programs, assisting millions of families in the United States who struggle to feed their children. Recently, Bread for the World initiated a campaign to press Congress to reform U.S. foreign aid to make it more effective in reducing hunger and poverty, and another to protect and strengthen tax credits for low-income working families.

Since 2000, Beckmann has been asked to testify in Congress 18 times, appearing before such committees as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives.

Beckmann has appeared on Bill Moyer’s Journal, PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, CNN EspaƱol, and C-Span, and in radio interviews with NPR’s Morning Edition, and The Diane Rehm Show. He has written many books and articles, including Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. His latest book, Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger, will be published by Westminster John Knox Press in October 2010.

We look forward to David providing inspiration and challenge, as we call Dallas' attention to this most important issue.

After the Prayer Breakfast, we will have forums designed to inform our friends and neighbors about public policy initiatives that will address hunger, we will also talk about advocacy opportunities related to hunger.

This year's prayer breakfast won't just be an event. We want to spread the message about the challenge of hunger to as broad an audience as possible. You'll hear more about that at the breakfast.

 But one event you don't want to miss is CitySquare's first documentary screening of 2011.

We will be showing the movie 'Food Stamped' at the Angelika Theater on March 10, 7:00 pm. 'Food Stamped' tells the story what happens when nutrition educator Shira Potash who teaches nutrition-based cooking classes to elementary school children, and her documentary filmmaker husband embark on the “food stamp challenge” where they eat on roughly one dollar per meal, like most of the children she teaches.

Make it a point to be with us on March 3, but stay with us for a while to learn what we can do together to make a difference in this area. In a country as prosperous as ours, no one should go hungry!

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