May 22, 2017

Trump Budget an Assault on Poor and Hungry People

Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today condemned President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, calling it an “unprecedented assault on people living in hunger and poverty.”

“There are no two ways about it. President Trump’s budget is an unprecedented assault on people living in hunger and poverty,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Together with his recent health care cuts, especially to Medicaid, this is a double whammy on vulnerable people."

President Trump is expected to release his fiscal year 2018 budget tomorrow.  The budget is said to contain massive cuts to or completely defund programs that help poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world.

According to reports, Trump’s budget drastically cuts funding for global nutrition and food security assistance programs in a time of unprecedented crisis. Twenty million people, including 1.4 million children, are at risk of starvation in famine or near-famine conditions in Africa and the Middle East.

“This is a time for the United States to show its global leadership,” Beckmann said, “But Trump’s unconscionable budget eliminates funding for global maternal and child nutrition, such as McGovern-Dole, Food for Peace, and most of Feed the Future, among other lifesaving programs.”

Trump's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget also contains $800 billion in cuts to programs that are critical to helping poor and hungry people in the U.S. These include SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), refundable tax credits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid, which would get even deeper cuts beyond the $880 billion axed in the American Health Care Act. Deeper Medicaid cuts would add many more millions to the 14 million men, women, and children who would lose their Medicaid coverage under the American Health Care Act.

“Candidate Trump talked about the ‘forgotten man and woman,’ but President Trump’s policies are a huge threat to struggling people in our country and around the world,” Beckmann said. “I urge all people of conscience to call on their members of Congress to vigorously resist these cuts.”

Yesterday, Bread and its faith partners launched a nationwide, monthly fast to ask God’s help with their advocacy for hungry and poor people. 

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.