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.

  • The Impacts of Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Cuts on the Latino Community

    To end hunger and poverty in the United States by 2030, our country needs to support a budget that improves the lives of men, women, and children. Unfortunately, the Trump administration and Congress are proposing dramatic cuts to programs that promote economic opportunity or provide food...

  • The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615 & H.R. 3440)


    The United States is a nation of immigrants. Throughout its history, people have moved here from all over the world and have contributed to their communities and our national life. Today, as in the past, immigrants are also creating prosperity for this nation. 


For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

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.


  • The State of Black Poverty: A Pan-African Millennial Perspective on Ending Hunger by 2030

    Over the past year and a half, about two-dozen young adults from the United States and countries in Africa and the Caribbean, have gathered virtually and in person to reflect on the effects of hunger and poverty in black communities. The working group has been considering socio-political and...

  • Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

    Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

    Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut...