WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Mike Bost (IL-12) introduced a resolution honoring the accomplishments of Arthur “Art” Simon – founder of Bread for the World, an anti-hunger advocacy organization. Art Simon has been a leader on the fight to end hunger around the world and has authored a number of books on the issue including “Bread for the World” – for which he won the national Religious Book Award – and “The Politics of World Hunger” – co-authored by his late brother, Senator Paul Simon (D-IL). Additionally, Art Simon was instrumental in ensuring the right to food be an integral part of United States policy by leading “The Right to Food” resolution.
“Art has dedicated himself to a life of service and has taken up one of the world’s most pressing issues head on,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m humbled by his actions for others and know that the work he’s done has touched a countless amount of lives around the globe. His selflessness and commitment to making the world a better place should serve as an example to us all.”
“Art Simon is a perfect example of the great things that can be accomplished through faith in Christ,” said Congressman Bost. “He used his faith as the foundation for his mission to feed countless vulnerable communities throughout the world. Art is such an inspiration for putting faith into action.”
“Under Art Simon’s leadership, Bread for the World helped establish programs that have improved nutrition and reduced mortality for children in the U.S. and worldwide. He taught hundreds of thousands of people of faith that citizen advocacy is an important aspect of discipleship; as the title of his new book explains, ‘Silence can kill,’” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Bread for the World thanks Reps. Bustos and Bost for introducing this well-deserved resolution.”
Other outstanding achievements of Art Simon are below:
- Directed the Washington Office of the Christian Children’s Fund from 1992-1997
- 35th recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award
- Received the Presidential Hunger Award for Lifetime Achievement
- Secured $435 million in debt relief for the world’s poorest nations while at the Jubilee Debt Campaign
- Pastored Trinity Lutheran Church from 1961-1972
- Fought for scholarships for minority populations as Student Body President at Dana College
- Attended Concordia Seminary and was ordained as a Lutheran minister
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