|Bread of Life Prison, Prayer & Healing
We live in the world's wealthiest nation. Yet 14.5 percent of U.S. households—nearly
49 million Americans, including 16.2 million children—struggle to put food on the table.
In the United States, hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather the
continued prevalence of poverty. Both issues must be addressed in our continued
efforts to help those Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25:45).
Over 30 percent of households with Seniors indicated that they have had to choose
between food and medical care and 35% had to choose between food and paying for
heat/utilities and must rely on food banks and charities.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million
people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic
undernourishment in 2010-2012. Almost all the hungry people, 852 million, live in
developing countries, representing 15 percent of the population of developing counties.
There are 16 million people undernourished in developed countries.
The causes of hunger in the United States are rooted in poverty. We cannot address one
without also trying to solve the other.
Millions of Americans earning low wages struggle to put food on the table and make ends
meet. In order to address the continuing prevalence of poverty in the U.S., we need to
create good jobs for everyone who can work, provide adequate work supports, and offer
incentives so low-income workers are able to save and build wealth.
About 46 million in America participate in the Supplement Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) - a program that provides monthly benefits to poor households to
purchase approved food items from authorized food stores. According to the USDA,
the average benefit per person is about $135 per month, or, $4.50 per day!
In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States,
hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with
hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain
neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working
adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be
forced to go without food.
It’s time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger in America.
The USDA has determined that in excess of 96 billion pounds of food available for
human consumption in the U.S. was thrown away by retailers, restaurants, farmers and
households over the course of one year. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fluid milk, grain
products, and sweeteners accounted for 2/3 of these losses.
We know from experience that everyone looking for food is not homeless, lazy or
trying to "get over!" There are many hard-working Americans who, for one reason or
another are struggling to make ends meet and keep their families fed.
Many of us have seen pictures of the hungry in foreign nations. We must keep in mind
that its not just in foreign lands...we have the hungry right here in our own back yard!
Prior to founding this ministry, we worked at a church as well as a nonprofit agency where
people were being fed. Don't think the numbers will get better...they just keep increasing.
We want to do all we can, wherever we can to help feed the hungry. The Bread of Life is
a "helping and caring" type of ministry. All who have a desire to help in this
endeavor are invited to do so by sending a donation to the address listed on our
contact page or by using your credit or debit card. Even if you don't have anything to
send, you can always pray! Prayer changes things.
Psalm 41:1 says, "Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in
time of trouble."