Participants to learn how to engage candidates to make hunger a priority issue

In light of Pope Francis’ address to Congress, where he said, “The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts,” Bread for the World President Rev. David Beckmann and Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines announce a ecumenical rally to encourage Iowans to make hunger a priority issue in the presidential campaign.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Sisam Arena on the campus of Grand View University in Des Moines. To sign up for the free rally, go to votetoendhungeriowa.eventbrite.com.

“We can make progress against hunger in the world, and we certainly don’t have to put up with widespread hunger in the U.S.A.,” Rev. Beckmann said. Bishop Pates said, “It is our expectation that those who participate will learn about the realities of hunger in Iowa and overseas and be mobilized for future action.”

The rally will feature Rev. Beckmann and Bishop Pates as speakers in addition to a plenary educational session inspiring participants to make hunger a priority issue in advance of the Feb. 1 party caucuses in Iowa. Supporters of the event include the Northeast and Southeast Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Additional supporters will be announced soon.

Bread for the World is a non-partisan collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. The Iowa Catholic Conference is the public policy voice for the Catholic bishops of Iowa.