Thursday, August 13, 2009

Great Article about Art Simon in Washington Post

Today's edition of The Washington Post carried a wonderful article about Art Simon, the founder of Bread for the World.

The newspaper interviewed Art about his new book,
The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger.

Those of us who attended the Bread for the World national gathering in Washington in June were privileged to have received a copy of the book. I started it reading on the train to the airport and finished it on the flight back home to Albuquerque.

Art will be touring the country in coming weeks to promote the book. Unfortunately, there is no Albuquerque stop. But if you happen to be on the West Coast in early September or South Carolina in late September, drop by one of the churches where Art will speak about the book. He will also travel to the Upper Midwest, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Washington, D.C. area. Here is the full tour schedule.

Whether you're new to Bread or are a veteran activist in our organization, the book gives you great insight and background on the motivation that led Art to create this faith-based citizens anti-hunger movement.

Here's an excerpt from the Post's article about the book.
The book, released last month, chronicles Bread's rise from a shoestring operation run out of a parish building in Manhattan to a Capitol Hill mainstay that leverages $1.2 billion annually for hunger prevention.

Its philosophy, taken from an adage Simon's father often shared with him, is the same today as then: that it is better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than to have an ambulance at the bottom.

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