Ending hunger in US possible by 2030, aid group says
November 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a report entitled "Ending Hunger in America," a relief group says progress is being made toward achieving a goal to end world hunger by 2030 -- but it's being slowed by obstacles that need to be overcome.
Reverend David Beckmann, president of Bread For The World, said one example is Congress making a big cut in food stamps -- that will mean 300 million fewer meals for the needy this month. He said that's "no way to observe Thanksgiving."
Beckmann said the best way to end hunger is to create jobs "so that people can feed their families." But he said Congress must end automatic cuts and stop its brinksmanship because "the austerity and uncertainty of what Congress has been doing -- those things kill jobs."
Beckmann also said bringing the unemployment rate back to pre-recession levels would reduce hunger in America by 25 percent.
"God bless the people who are making a lot of money," he said, while noting that the income of the wealthiest one percent of Americans jumped more than 30 percent from 2009 to 2012, while the income of the bottom 99 percent rose less than one half of one percent.
Beckmann said that's not acceptable when "still at the bottom we've got 49 million people who are hungry in America."