For Immediate Release


Bill Malone 202-464-8180
Shawnda Hines 301-960-4913

Bread for The World

New Report Finds Worsening Global Hunger Crisis Reinforces Need for More Effective Foreign Assistance

WASHINGTON - WHAT: The presentation of Bread for the World Institute's 2009 Hunger Report, "Global Development: Charting a New Course," and panel discussion

WHEN: Monday, November 24, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., ET

WHERE: Murrow, White, and Lisagor Rooms, National Press Club, Washington, DC

WHO: Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World Institute; Ken Hackett, president, Catholic Relief Services; Nancy Birdsall, founding president, the Center for Global Development (invited); and others.



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WHY: The 2009 Hunger Report calls attention to global development as the Obama administration is getting organized and, more specifically, to urge reform of U.S. foreign assistance.

Although overshadowed in recent months by the nation's domestic economic troubles, the hunger crisis continues to devastate poor communities in many parts of the world. Effective foreign assistance can provide immediate relief and long-term solutions, and will raise the standing of the U.S. around the world. In turn, there is growing understanding that reducing hunger and poverty, and promoting sustainable development will help build peace and security around the world and improve U.S. national security.

To RSVP, please contact Bill Malone at 202-464-8180 or Out of town journalists can participate by calling 1-800-913-8744 and journalists from other countries may call +(212) 231-2900.

Advance copies (in PDF form) of the 2009 Hunger Report executive summary will be available on Nov. 24, and journalists will be able to access the 2009 Hunger Report page on the web site that same day.



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