Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Have You Voted Yet?


Children in India benefit from meals provided by their school. This lunch program was featured in the "Hunger Report," published by the Bread for the World Institute.

The Bread for the World board of directors helps set the direction for how Bread can best channel its resources to support anti-hunger programs around the world. (Photo by Jim Stipe/Bread for the World)

While you have to wait until November to cast your ballot in the U.S. presidential election, Bread members have a chance to vote now for their representatives on the Bread for the World board of directors.

And unlike in national elections, in which voters are often subjected to divisive, winner-take-all politics, voting for members of Bread’s board is a harmonious action. This multidenominational, bipartisan group of Bread candidates is united in its mission to eliminate hunger—just like you are.

Each year, one-third of our board members are chosen by the entire Bread for the World membership. This year, 14 candidates have put their names forward to represent Bread. Choices range from a former U.S. Presidential candidate to a founder of a food bank. Each of these individuals has already done much to end hunger, and each brings specific insight, skills, and connections to the table. Bread members can vote for seven of them.


  • Spencer Bachus: U.S. Representative from Alabama (Republican); a champion for debt relief for poor countries, leading to substantial improvements in health and education and reduced world hunger. (Birmingham, AL; Southern Baptist)  
  • Ronald Cunningham: Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and presiding prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District; Bread member since 1988. (Dallas, TX; Christian Methodist Episcopal)
  • Bob Dole: Former Republican candidate for President; former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; long-term member of the Senate Committee on Nutrition; honorary co-chair, Alliance to End Hunger. (Washington, DC; United Methodist)
  • Dick Durbin: U.S. Senator from Illinois (Democrat); Assistant Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; a leader on U.S. and global hunger and poverty issues. (Springfield, IL; Roman Catholic)
  • Ruth Farrell: Coordinator for the Presbyterian Hunger Program; fourteen years of experience in Peru and Democratic Republic of Congo, working with churches and nonprofits to alleviate poverty. (Louisville, KY; Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.)
  • Sandra F. Joireman: Professor of politics and international relations, Wheaton College; activist on Africa and HIV/AIDS issues. (Wheaton, IL; Mennonite)  
  • Gerald A. Kolschowsly: Helped establish the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods at Iowa State University and the Tanzania Partnership Program at Michigan State University; board member of the Alliance to End Hunger. (Sarasota, FL; Lutheran)
  • Leonard Lovett: First Executive Director of Ecumenical Relations and Urban Affairs for the Church of God in Christ; theologian and commentator on political, social, and ethical issues. (Alexandria, VA; Church of God in Christ)
  • Maureen M. O'Leary: President of William M. and Miriam F. Meehan Foundation; board member, Convent of the Sacred Heart, NY; board member, Training Institute for Mental Health; ten-year Bread member. (New York, NY; Roman Catholic)
  • Chang K. Park: Personally witnessed effects of poverty as a child growing up in postwar Korea; national board member, Common Cause; board member, Union Theological Seminary. (Armonk, NY; Interdenominational—Methodist, United Church of Christ, American Baptist)
  • Devita Parnell: Co-organizer of Advocacy in Action for leaders within Cooperative Baptist Fellowship partner congregations; advocate for children and youth as justice leaders; ordained Baptist minister. (Lilburn, GA; Cooperative Baptist)
  • Malcolm Street: Thirty-five-year owner and operator of assisted living communities for the frail elderly; founding president, Tarrant Area Food Bank; member, Bread for the World President’s Circle. (Fort Worth, TX; Presbyterian)
  • Peace Sullivan: Bread for the World member and event host in Florida and South Carolina; trustee, Furman University; trustee, Fine Arts League of Asheville, NC; retired psychotherapist. (Miami Beach, FL)
  • Elaine Van Cleave: Served as the volunteer district organizer for Bread in Birmingham, AL; continues to work as a grassroots activist for Bread for the World and concurrently serves as congressional district leader for ONE. (Nashville, TN; Presbyterian)

The deadline for submitting your ballot is September 28, but we want to make sure to count your vote. If you haven’t voted yet, please take a few minutes and vote today.


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