March 5, 2014

President’s Budget a Step in the Right Direction

Washington, D.C. – The president’s 2015 budget includes proposals that would help reduce hunger in our country and around the world. Notably, it proposes to expand the earned income tax credit (EITC) for childless workers, and calls for reforms that would allow international food aid to reach millions more people at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Following is a statement from Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:

“President Obama’s budget is a step in the right direction toward ending hunger. Cuts to annually appropriated programs have slowed the economy—this is not a good way to reduce deficit spending. We support the president’s proposal to restore some of the funding that has been cut from these programs. It includes funding for programs that are important to low-income families, notably preschool for low-income children and unemployment benefits for workers who can’t find a job in this economy.

“We are particularly encouraged that the budget calls for reforms that would make international food aid more cost-effective and increase its impact, including the ability to purchase more food locally and regionally. Congress approved some additional flexibility in its January omnibus appropriations bill. About 1,000 churches across the country will participate in Bread for the World’s 2014 Offering of Letters, which is urging Congress to approve more extensive reform and maintain robust funding levels for international food aid.

“One feature of the president’s budget alarms us.  It proposes to reduce funding for some other life-saving and critical foreign-assistance programs, including many health and humanitarian programs.”

Regarding domestic funding proposals, Beckmann added:

“Unfortunately for many in this country, having a job isn’t a guaranteed ticket out of poverty. Refundable tax credits, like the EITC, support work and are some of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs. Refundable tax credits enjoy significant bipartisan support and lift more than 10 million people out of poverty annually. However, the EITC does very little for low-wage workers without children, many of whom are taxed into poverty. We are encouraged by the president’s proposal to strengthen this valuable program for childless adults.”

The president’s budget also includes provisions that overhaul our immigration laws and raise revenue.

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

  • 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

  • Fact Sheet: Why We Need $200 Million for Global Nutrition Programs

    Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition in the fiscal year 2020 budget. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    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.

  • 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...


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