Four Ways You Can Help Protect the Poor This Election Season

See How President Obama and Governor Romney Express Their Views on Hunger.

I’m encouraged that my colleagues at Bread for the World and the Circle of Protection group have inserted the topic of poverty into the presidential election.

At a press conference in Washington, D.C., today, Bread for the World President, David Beckman, introduced several people who, like me, have signed on to the Circle of Protection mission to protect programs for the poor. We have declared that the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. Jesus called these people “the least of these” in Matthew 25:45.

The Rev. Dr. Barbara William-Skinner told people attending today’s press conference that, “We are here this morning because our Scriptures give us a clear measurement on how we should judge the health of our nation. And that ruler to which we hold ourselves is how ‘the least of these’ are doing.”

David Beckman added, “We are calling on religious leaders and all people of faith to listen carefully to what the candidates have to say and when voting be mindful of the least among us. Voting is a sacred obligation; supporting candidates who have demonstrated their commitment to reducing hunger and poverty is integral to good stewardship.”

I’m delighted that both presidential candidates have declared their commitment to protecting the world’s most vulnerable people. You can watch the videos that were unveiled at this press conference at the Circle of Protection website: http://www.circleofprotection.us/.

You might notice that foreign aid is missing from both videos.

I ask you to join me in recognizing that foreign aid is critical in helping the least among us and is vital to America’s interests because it makes the world a more secure and stable place. At FH, we’re committed to walking with churches, leaders and families in the developing world to help them overcome all forms of poverty.

What You Can Do

  1. Pray for America’s leaders, candidates and voters as we carefully consider who should lead us for the next several years.
  2. Vote for the candidates you believe will protect the world’s most vulnerable people, not by party line.
  3. Speak out on behalf of the world’s poor and vulnerable people – with your friends, family, neighbors, fellow church members and at town halls hosted by candidates for public office.
  4. Send a postcard to the presidential candidates asking them to address poverty: http://www.micahchallengeusa.org/lend-your-voice
  5. Give to your favorite local, national and international charities that have effective programs to help people break the bonds of poverty forever. You can give to FH at https://give.fh.org/projects.aspx.

About Dave Evans

Dave Evans served with Food for the Hungry (FH) from 1991 until 2013, most recently as the U.S. President and a member of the Global Executive Office. Previously, he served as Country Director in Chad and then Bolivia.

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