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Hunger lobby to swarm Capitol.

WASHINGTON -- Frustrated with what they decry as government inaction, religious leaders from many faiths plan to invade Capitol Hill in June to demand a commitment to end hunger in America. Organized by Bread for the World, the Christian hunger advocacy group, "Hunger No More: An Interfaith Convocation" will unite dozens of religious leaders at the Washington National Cathedral June 6, the eve of its all-day lobbying effort on the Hill.

"What's mainly needed to reduce hunger is stronger commitment, especially from our government," said the Rev. David Beckmann, a Lutheran minister who is president of Bread for the World. "We are all scandalized by the persistence of mass hunger."

More than 1,000 people are expected to join in the lobbying effort on National Hunger Awareness Day. Organizers have requested a meeting with the White House.

The lobby efforts are part of the June 4-7 national Bread for the World conference, titled "One Table, Many Voices: A Mobilization to End Poverty and Hunger."
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Title Annotation:U.S. BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Date:May 27, 2005
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