February 10, 2016

President’s Budget Proposes Investments in Children

Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World

Washington, D.C.–Bread for the World applauds the president’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, released yesterday, especially for the ways it proposes to address child hunger.

“The president’s budget would make important investments to help hungry children and ensure they are able to reach their full potential,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Bread for the World applauds the president’s continued leadership in addressing child hunger and hopes that Congress will pass legislation this year to strengthen child nutrition programs.”

The president’s $4.1 trillion budget request proposes new initiatives to combat child hunger in the U.S., including permanent improvements to programs that connect hungry children with meals during the summer months. The budget also increases funding for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and includes strong funding for food assistance programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and the WIC program, which provides nutrition assistance to pregnant mothers and young children.

In addition to strengthening the safety net, the budget expands access to Head Start, early education, and job training programs, and strengthens the earned income tax credit (EITC) for working adults without children.

The budget request also represents a continuation of the administration's commitment to ending preventable deaths worldwide, but comes up short when addressing malnutrition. The request includes a $16.5 million cut to global nutrition programs. Congress must reverse this cut and increase funding for nutrition programs that are critical to ending preventable child deaths.

The budget includes $15 million for the USDA Local and Regional Procurement Program, which was authorized in the 2014 farm bill. Bread for the World encourages Congress to ensure as much flexibility as possible for vouchers and local purchases of food so that mothers and children overseas receive nutritionally appropriate food aid quickly and efficiently.


“Bread for the World calls on Congress to fund these proposals in upcoming budget negotiations,” added Beckmann. “Lawmakers should continue to build upon U.S. leadership in global nutrition, and increase funding for programs that enable mothers and children around the world to survive and thrive.” 

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.


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