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August 5, 2015                                                                                                                     Contacts:


Chris Ford, Bread for the World, (202) 688-1077,

Michael Mershon, Sojourners, (202) 745-4625,

Sarah Kropp, National Association of Evangelicals,

Steven Martin, National Council of Churches (USA), 202.481.6929,


 Christian Leaders Release Video by Hillary Rodham Clinton Addressing Hunger and Poverty

Washington, D.C., August 5, 2015 – Today, a group of Christian leaders released a video by former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton explaining how she would work as president to address poverty both in the United States and around the world.


With the addition of Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, whose video was posted July 22, the Circle of Protection has now released eight videos by presidential candidates. The other candidates include Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Bernie Sanders. The videos can be watched at  


Additional videos will be posted as they are received.


More than 100 Christian leaders, as part of the Circle of Protection, sent each presidential candidate a letter asking him or her to produce a video stating how they proposed to provide help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and abroad.

The videos are being disseminated among the Christian leaders’ wide networks and members in order to raise hunger and poverty as an election issue. They can also be seen at and on YouTube.


"We are praying for a president who will make ending hunger and poverty a top priority of his or her administration. Are you that leader?" the letter asked. The letter is available at


The Circle of Protection represents a diverse array of Christian denominations, churches, colleges, and agencies across the country. They will not publicly evaluate the policy positions or endorse any candidate.


According to the latest U.S. Census data, 49 million Americans are at risk of hunger, while 45 million live in poverty. One in five children lives in poverty. That is 15 million children, 5 million of them under age 6.




 The Circle of Protection is a coalition of many and diverse Christian leaders

working together for help and opportunity for hungry and poor people in the United States

and around the world.