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Thou Givest Them Their Food in Due Season

Thou Givest Them Their Food in Due Season

Participants Break Bread. WFP/Catianne Tijerina

Religious Leaders Gather to Call Attention to World Hunger

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During last month's United Nations General Assembly, The United Nations World Food Programme and several of its partners, gathered for Breaking Bread, an event to call attention to alleviate the hunger epidemic.

Breaking Bread assembled representatives from different faith- based organizations who drew from their religious backgrounds to call for an end to world hunger. Presentations were made by Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Joseph Donnelly from Caritas Internationalis, and Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

The religious leaders who took part in the event were Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky from the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Anwar Khan from Islamic Relief USA, Ramaswamy Mohan from the Hindu Temple Society of North America, Ven. Chung Ohun Lee from Won Buddhism International, and Kevin Jenkins, President and CEO of World Vision. The master of ceremonies was Joshua DuBois who worked on faith-based partnerships for President Barack Obama.

The name, Breaking Bread, was intended to symbolize sharing food among cultures to spread peace and good will and with the poor. Giving sustenance to the needy is a tenet that is shared by nearly every religion. Despite it being a time of great prosperity, there are a staggering number of hungry people in the world today, a figure the Breaking Bread team places at 795 million. The UN World Food Programme aims to end global hunger by 2030 (a goal called Zero Hunger) with help from partner organizations.

Watch Rabbi Visotzky with Jewish Songleader Naomi Less at 1:15

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