Ending U.S. Hunger and Poverty by Focusing on Communities Where it’s Most Likely

March 28, 2017
Dominic Duren spends a few moments with his son Dominc. Dominic is the director of the HELP Program in Cinncinati, Ohio. Joseph Molieri / Bread for the World

By Marlysa D. Gamblin

Some people in the United States are at least twice as likely as the general U.S. population to be hungry and/or experiencing poverty. They belong to some of the country’s major demographic groups: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, households led by single women, undocumented immigrants, and people returning from prison.

The United States has made a new commitment to leaving no one behind as the country moves toward a goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030. To reduce hunger and poverty among these communities, Congress and the administration should:

  • Prioritize communities most affected by hunger and poverty
  • Strengthen the U.S. safety net
  • Support policies that protect workers and enable them to become financially secure
  • Eliminate “concentrated poverty” by 2025

Unlike in decades past, the United States has the tools and knowledge to put an end to hunger, food insecurity, and poverty — and we can accomplish this rather quickly, by 2030. We need only the leadership and the determination to do it.

Marlysa D. Gamblin is domestic advisor for policy and programs, specific populations at Bread for the World Institute.

“Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp.”

Jeff Bridges, founder, End Hunger Network

Tools
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.

    The Bible on...

  • 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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Faith

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