WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) presented Arthur “Art” Simon – founder of Bread for the World – with a resolution honoring his accomplishments in her Capitol Hill office. Last month, Congresswoman Bustos introduced a resolution with Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12) in recognition of Art Simon’s leadership on anti-hunger issues and lifelong commitment to service. Art Simon was accompanied by his nephew, Martin, and his wife, Shirley.
“It was an honor to meet with Art today to express my gratitude and present him with this resolution,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m humbled by his commitment to serving others and thank him for all of his efforts to bring an end to world hunger. His leadership is extraordinary and this resolution is just a small way to recognize his outstanding achievements.”
Art Simon has been a leader in 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 elevating this issue to the forefront of United States policy by leading “The Right to Food” 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