"We all deserve a full life, not a life cut short by hunger and homelessness. I can't think of a more pernicious violence we face today on our body politic, nor a more just cause we should all work to correct."
- Senator Mark O. Hatfield, who died this past week at age 89
Sen. Hatfield, a moderate Republican from Oregon, was a member of the first Bread for the World board of directors. Bread could often count on him to support our anti-hunger initiatives.
Here is a quote former Bread President Art Simon about Sen. Hatfield.
Our earliest board (like our boards ever since) included Catholics, evangelicals, and mainline Protestants. The first chair of our board was Eugene Carson Blake, one of the nation’s best known Protestant leaders at the time. He and others, such as Senator Mark Hatfield and Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, gave Bread immediate credibility, not to mention wise guidance. Comment from Art Simon in a Legacy of Hope newsletter in the Fall of 2008