David Beckmann is a Lutheran minister and the president of Bread for the World, a Washington-based anti-hunger advocacy group.
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The latest US Census figures show the harm done by letting poverty programs expire
By David Beckmann — September 13, 2023
(RNS) — The success of COVID-era programs followed by an immediate reversal after they ended makes clear that the persistence of poverty is a political choice.
COMMENTARY: Cuts to food stamps flout the gospel message
By David Beckmann — December 12, 2013
(RNS) Remarkably, at a time when one in four Americans say they have struggled to put food on the table, Congress has chosen to slash one of the most effective anti-hunger programs in the country, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps.
COMMENTARY: Cutting food stamps is a bad way to balance the budget
By David Beckmann — November 1, 2013
WASHINGTON (RNS) This debate is about more than simply balancing our federal budget -- it’s about our values as a nation. It’s about how we treat the least of these.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Congress must address real roots of immigration
By David Beckmann — February 26, 2013
(RNS) Any discussion of immigration reform must recognize the international causes that drive unauthorized migration to the United States: hunger, poverty, lack of economic opportunity and inequality.
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