Bread for the World puts price tag on hunger: $160 billion in health care

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Workers fill carts with food for the poor at the Foothill Unity Center food bank in Monrovia, California, on November 14, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/David McNew
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Workers fill carts with food for the poor at the Foothill Unity Center food bank in Monrovia, California, on November 14, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/David McNew *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-HUNGER-POVERTY, originally transmitted on Nov. 23, 2015.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) The leader of Bread for the World compared the U.S. rates of infant mortality to a “massive terrorist attack” as he released the Christian anti-hunger group’s annual report Monday that showed the costs of hunger in this country.

  • Bernardo

    Well Mr. Beckham and his minions will not go hungry. For example, Mr. Beckham gets paid ~$400,000 a year and even though his “non-profits” collect over $24 million/yr. in donations, I don’t see any of it going for food. Lots of lobbying and lots of reports though.

  • Bernardo

    From guidestar.org (Form 990’s)

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  • Stephen

    Bernardo Bread for the World makes it clear that it is NOT a direct service organization. It does not provide food for people. It’s very mission is to effect change at the policy level. Government provides 19 of the 20 bags of groceries that feed hungry people in the U.S. There needs to be lobbying. Also, it’s spelled Beckmann.

  • Bernardo

    Oops, sorry about that, make that Mr. Beckmann. And instead of donating to this “nothing but bureaucratic non-profit”, donate to groups like the Red Cross or Meals on Wheels where your donation actually buys food for the less fortunate. And one does wonder where they get this $160 billion cost in health care? Sounds like over-estimation to increase their dwindling donation base.

  • Wendy

    This is a hugely important, the idea that hunger and the lack of good food choices impacts our medical costs. That said, $400,000 a year for the head of a non-profit is a absurd. I bet a retired business executive would do the work for half the money — or a quarter.

  • Jim

    Go to Bread’s website and read the report. The research is carefully spelled out that concluded there is a health care cost of $160 billion from hunger in America. Also, Bernardo, you grossly overstate his salary. It is wonderful that you donate to Meals on Wheels and the Red Cross.

  • Jim

    Wendy, A great many non-profit executives make $400,000 and more. Five years ago, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported: “From an Charity Navigator’s database of more than 5,500 nonprofits—including most of the leading ones—shows that only 291 (less than one half of 1 percent) reported total compensation over $400,000 on their most recent IRS 990 form.” Rev. Beckmann is not one of them. If he still worked at the World Bank, where he was before he took a dramatic cut in pay to work at Bread for the World, he may very well have been making more than $400,000 a year.

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