Activist in fight against hunger to speak

Bread for the World founder to visit Lutheran seminary

One of the most prominent voices in the Christian community on world hunger will be heard today at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

The Rev. Art Simon, founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World, will speak at 5 p.m. in Stravos Hall about his efforts to bring ordinary Americans to the table as politicians and world leaders debate how to feed the world's hungry.

The discussion, which will be followed by a campus picnic, is open to the public.

Simon, a Lutheran minister, will talk about his new book, "The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger." His message resonates with many Midlands-area Christians who routinely write letters to and lobby their elected congressional representatives to address the root causes of hunger.

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is looked to as one of the premier nonprofit organizations that understands and develops food and hunger policies.

It also tracks up-to-date statistics on world and U.S. hunger. The organization, along with several other advocacy groups, held a faith-based summit ahead of this week's G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh calling for action that would lift the world's poor and hungry out of poverty, particularly during this time of deep recession and rising food prices.

The talk comes at the same time the Midlands' Harvest Hope Food Bank prepares to launch its next Feed Your Neighbor Campaign. The nonprofit is seeking to raise $400,000 to maintain the food bank's operations and meet increased demand for food.

The seminary is at 4201 N. Main St. in Columbia.