October 18, 2017

Threats and Opportunities in the Progress Against Hunger

U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Des Moines, Iowa – Bread for the World President Rev. David Beckmann today cited two significant threats to progress against domestic and global hunger: budget cuts and the surge of global conflict. Beckmann was speaking at a news conference during events surrounding the 2017 World Food Prize.  

“We have made tremendous progress against hunger in the United States and around the world,” Beckmann said. “But budget cuts proposed by Congress and global conflict threaten this progress and will increase hunger.”  

At least 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and northeast Nigeria suffer from near-famine conditions, and hunger is on the rise globally for the first time in almost a decade. These circumstances are largely the result of conflict.

“We know that the budget cuts and tax proposals, currently under consideration in Congress, will lead to significant cuts to programs that help people living in hunger and poverty,” Beckmann added.

Beckmann laid out several policy recommendations lawmakers and the administration could implement to keep up the progress against hunger.

“One, don’t cut funding for programs that help people living in hunger and poverty. Two, the U.S. should do more to address global conflict and the near-famine conditions. Three, pass a robust, forward-looking Farm Bill that fully funds domestic and global anti-hunger programs.”

The Farm Bill is the most significant piece of legislation related to hunger in the U.S. Programs covered by the Farm Bill include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and senior nutrition. It also contains global assistance programs such as McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, and Food for Peace.

The U.S. has been doing its part against hunger. Bread was instrumental in securing more than $1 billion in the fiscal year 2017 budget for famine relief. Beckmann also lauded President Trump’s appointment of Mark Green as United States Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator and his nomination of David Beasley as World Food Programme executive director.  

“We have come too far to turn back now,” Beckmann said. “Because of the progress we’ve made the end of hunger is within our reach. But we won’t get there with budget cuts.”

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “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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  • 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.

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