Christ & Holy Trinity Church will host a talk on world hunger by David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the church's Great Hall, 75 Church Lane.

Beckmann will give a presentation on the status of hunger in the world, the progress being made and current challenges, according to a release from the church.

Beckmann, a Lutheran pastor and an economist, has been president of Bread for the World since 1991. The former manager of large development projects for the World Bank is founder and current president of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse U.S. institutions in building the political will to end hunger, the release states.

Beckmann, having lived in Bangladesh and Ghana and overseen projects in Bolivia and Ecuador, has testified on hunger in Congress 18 times and appeared on Bill Moyer's Journal, PBS's Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly, CNN and NPR's Morning Edition, the release states.

Bread for the World is a non-partisan movement of church people seeking to end hunger in the world by trying to mobilize people of faith to influence the United States' decision makers to change policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to continue.

Each year, the organizarion invites churches across the country to take up a specific issue and urge members to write letters to Congress. The 2011 focus was on pushing the Congress and administration to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective in reducing global poverty.

The Westport presentation, sponsored by several Westport churches, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Call 203-227-0827 for information.