February 28, 2017

Cuts to Aid for Hungry People Contradicts Trump’s Lofty Rhetoric

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World responded to President Donald J. Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress. The following statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:

“President Trump and our new Congress have this week started to slash programs that help hungry people. Their actions don’t square with the lofty rhetoric of the president’s first speech to Congress.

“President Trump promised a better future for all Americans, but the day before his speech he began a process of deep funding cuts to many domestic programs. While the president spoke about making sure that no one is dropped from Medicaid, the House of Representatives is moving forward with plans to cut Medicaid.

“The president promised to create jobs through infrastructure and tax cuts, including tax cuts for the middle class. But Trump has yet to translate his campaign rhetoric on these issues into specific proposals. Fulfilling all the big promises in his speech to Congress will require funding cuts, and the cuts are likely to fall heavily on programs that help struggling Americans.

“President Trump’s speech ended with hopes for a world of justice and peace. Yet he is deporting many immigrants who are living and working peaceably in this country, and the White House just announced that the president wants to cut U.S. assistance to hungry and poor people around the world by 30 percent.

“Bread for the World welcomes President Trump’s new appeal for unity in our badly divided nation. But the president’s newly positive tone is in tension with the cuts that he and Congress are making in programs that help families who are struggling with hunger and poverty.”

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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