Food insecurity is on the rise. In 2008, 14.6% of U.S. households fell into the food-insecure category at some point during the year—the highest rate since the USDA started recording stats in 1995. At the same time, legislation to improve childhood nutrition is now making its way through Congress.


Last week the Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which provides $4.5 billion over 10 years to bolster the government’s child-nutrition programs, including school meals. The Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a Christian nonprofit focused on ending hunger worldwide, has been closely following the legislation. He talked with senior writer Claudia Kalb.


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