said Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander of The Sa
lvation Army. “We are honored
to be working alongside other organizations that share our commitment to serving the underserved and solving the root causes of poverty
to break the cycle for good.”
“Clearly, with over 600,000 people homeless every night, o
ur nation has urgent work to do to end
poverty,” said Nan Roman
resident and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “We
must work harder, but we must also work smarter, and the Alliance is grateful to Catholic Charities USA for leading this critical initiative.
“Poverty is taking an incredibly heavy toll on 16 million children in America today.
wellbeing, education and future prospects are all in jeopardy from the very beginning,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s
president and CEO.
“Save the Children is committed to getting children
the early education and opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. But we cannot do it alone. Breaking the vicious cycle of poverty will take the concerted efforts of committed
organizations and individuals willing to raise their voices for our nation’s most vulnerable children.”
“Whether it’s 50 years ago or today, poverty remains the major obstacle to a strong and healthy
America in which all citizens can reach their fullest
Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families.
Reducing poverty means more children, adults, and families can live healthy and productive lives, and we all benefit. Together, we can pursue a healthy society a
nd strong communities for all.”
“In communities across America, Lutheran health and human services organizations are on the front
lines transforming lives and communities
,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, p
resident and CEO of Lutheran Services in America (LSA
). “LSA members know firsthand how broadly poverty reaches
into our communities, and we are pleased to join CCUSA and our colleagues in fighting poverty
together, we will create a path to a brighter future, self-reliance and hope for millions of American
The organizations also announced today their intent to convene a roundtable discussion on reform next month. More information about the roundtable discussion will be available in the coming weeks.
About Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is leading a national movement to end poverty in America. In communities across the country, Catholic Charities member agencies are helping individuals and families in poverty achieve their full potential. Together we are dedicated to creating a life of opportunity and self-sufficiency for each of the 46 million of our brothers and sisters who live in poverty. CCUSA was founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as the National Conference of Catholic Charities. For more than 100 years, CCUSA has guided and supported the vast network of Catholic Charities agencies nationwide in a common mission to serve, advocate, and convene. For additional information, please visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org .
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/ Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica
or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
About Lutheran Services in America
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment