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Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut Medicaid, which is a joint federal-state program and the single largest source of health insurance in the United States.
Together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid provides health insurance to more than 72 million Americans.
Without healthcare coverage through Medicaid, low-in-come families will be forced to make impossible “choices” among seeing a doctor, filling a prescription, buying food, and paying their rent.
The result of lower Medicaid coverage rates would be millions of additional people at greater risk of hunger and food insecurity (defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as worrying that there will not be enough money to buy food).
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.