September 26, 2016

Will Clinton, Trump Detail Plans to End Poverty at Tonight’s Debate?

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today urged NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt to challenge Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to detail their plans to end hunger and poverty in America during their first debate tonight.

“Hunger is a critical issue since more than 42 million Americans -- or nearly 1 in 8 households -- still struggle to put food on the table. Progress has been made, but there are still more hungry Americans now than before the 2008 recession,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “It is only recently that the presidential candidates started explicitly talking about hunger and poverty.”

On Sept. 15, Bread and other anti-hunger groups delivered the names of 631,000 voters to the campaign headquarters of both candidates and to Holt, who will moderate the first presidential debate tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.  The voters signed a petition calling on the political parties, candidates, and Congress to make ending hunger a top priority.

After receiving the petitions, the Clinton campaign delivered a statement on reducing poverty to the group. A Trump campaign staff member said they were working on a statement. Previously, the major presidential candidates were asked for a video addressing how they will end hunger and poverty if elected president. Clinton sent a video; to date, Trump has not.  

A recent survey conducted by Bread for the World found that 1 in 3 voters says they will vote only for candidates who promise to make ending hunger one of their top priorities. Two-thirds of likely voters in swing states say that ending hunger should be one of the top priorities of government.

Beckmann added, “Clinton’s plan to reduce poverty, outlined in The New York Times Sept. 21, includes investing in good-paying jobs, creating more affordable housing, and focusing on the growing problem of extreme poverty – putting special emphasis on minority communities. She would also raise the minimum wage and guarantee equal pay for women, expand Early Head Start, and make pre-school universal.

“In his public pronouncements, Donald Trump argues that his proposed tax cuts would stimulate rapid economic growth. But the tax cuts would go mainly to high-income people and corporations, and they would entail cuts to many programs, including WIC (nutrition assistance to mothers and children) and programs that fight hunger and disease in poor countries. Trump has recently toned down his immigration plan, but it would still deport millions of people, increasing hunger and poverty among those families. He has recently announced a proposal to help many families with maternity leave and child care.” 

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.

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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.