Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

The Beck Institute
The Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty


The Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty is an ecumenical institute that partners with New York City interfaith religious and lay leaders who are moved to alleviate poverty in our affluent society.  It is committed to preparing leaders who promote social justice and serve the poor.

Founded in 1999 and based at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, the Beck Institute promotes interdisciplinary collaboration across University departments and with the broader community through conferences, symposia and workshops, publications and media projects, research and courses.

               PREMIERE FILM EVENT

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 Fordham University GSS held the Premiere Screening of the documentary film "Our Daily Bread", produced by the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty.   

In spite of being one of the richest cities in the world, one in five New York City residents use emergency food services (soup kitchens and food pantries) each year.

One out of four are children.

This film documents the work of three of the largest food programs in the city, serving over 1 million New Yorkers each year.

Each program began with someone knocking at the door of a neighborhood house of worship.

This 45 minute documentary film produced by The Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty documents the ground breaking, innovative work of three faith-based emergency food programs.

At the conclusion of the premiere screening, there was a panel conversation with the audience on the topic of hunger in New York City, what is being done, and the work that remains ahead.



When Dale Lindquist, L.C.S.W., D.Min., began co-directing Fordham GSS' Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty a few years ago, one of his first projects was to compile data on ways that New York City's faith community was serving the city's poor.  What he found out astonished him.

"Many don't realize how much the faith community is doing to help," said Lindquist.  "From large programs in dedicated buildings to very modest programs running out of basements in churches, synagogues and mosques, there are incredible stories."

A former documentary filmmaker who now directs the online master's in social work program at the Graduate School of Social Service, Lindquist combined his passion for social service with his love of film to direct, shoot, and edit, "Our Daily Bread: Feeding the Hungry in New York City."  The 45-minute documentary profiles three emergency food programs in New York City, all organized and run by churches and their affiliates.

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