The 2010 World Food Prize laureates, announced Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. include David Beckman, head of Bread for the World, and Jo Luck, president of Heifer International. The announcement of the prize was made at the U.S. State Department at ceremonies hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and USAID Adminstrator Rajiv Shah.
Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, made the announcement of this year’s Laureates. “David Beckmann and Jo Luck are receiving the World Food Prize for their landmark achievements in building Bread for the World and Heifer International into two of the world’s foremost grassroots organizations leading the charge to end hunger and poverty for millions of people around the globe,” Quinn said.
David Beckmann has been head of Bread for the World - described as “a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad” - since 1991. Beckmann marshals a massive annual advocacy effort in which a quarter of a million constituents contact their elected officials to urge support for legislation to change the policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger to persist.
Jo Luck has spearheaded the effort to build Heifer International into one of the premier hunger-fighting organizations anywhere in the world, bringing food- and income-producing animals to extremely poor families, guiding them to self-reliance, and providing opportunity for improved livelihoods through animal husbandry, technical training, and community development.
Since becoming CEO in 1992, Jo Luck has greatly expanded the scope and impact of Heifer’s activities worldwide. Through her leadership, Heifer educates the world’s resource-poor and hungry, combating hunger by teaching poor communities how to become self-sustaining. She created innovative public education initiatives linking grassroots donors in rich countries to recipients in developing countries.