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Despite the devastation of the pandemic, recent data from the USDA show that the overall rate of hunger in the United States remained unchanged in 2020—and poverty actually declined. You and other Bread for the World members pushed Congress and the administration to expand nutrition programs and other assistance to help families get through the pandemic.
Recent studies by the Census Bureau have shown that expanded unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, increases in SNAP benefits, and the expansion of the Child Tax Credit have all been used by families to purchase more food and more nutritious food.
Because of increased tracking during the pandemic, we have new, real-time proof of how government assistance programs help end hunger and give families the support they need to get back on their feet.
The top-line hunger numbers are encouraging but often mask the disparities that still exist among communities. The USDA data show that Black households experience nearly triple the rate of hunger compared with white households—a gap that widened in 2020. Hispanic households experience roughly double the rate of hunger compared to white households.
Bread for the World is working to persuade our leaders to extend this assistance, and, in some cases, make it permanently available—so that all Americans have the opportunity to receive help when they need it.
In the new year, you and other Bread for the World members will have opportunities to urge Congress and the administration to make these improvements permanent. The reauthorization of the Farm Bill in 2023 will provide opportunities to make further progress toward ending hunger in the United States.
Bread for the World will also continue its work to eliminate hunger overseas. Thanks to Bread for the World’s leadership, the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 4693/S.2956) has been introduced in both chambers. Bread for the World members continue to urge their members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass this bipartisan legislation.
Bread for the World is also encouraging the Biden Administration to act on the Nourish the Future initiative. Nourish the Future is a 5-year strategy with specific recommendations related to countries, funding, and interventions. It will save the lives of 2 million children and improve the lives of 500 million women and children in nine focus countries.
Matt Gross, Bread for the World’s director of organizing, notes that during the pandemic, Bread for the World members and Bread Teams became more active and effective. “Our collective Christian voice is stronger than ever. We’re poised to win significant progress toward ending hunger.”
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.