The Impacts of Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Cuts on the African-American Community

May 15, 2018
The Trump administration and Congress are proposing dramatic cuts to programs that promote economic opportunity and provide food assistance. Photo: Bread for the World

To end hunger and poverty in the United States by 2030, our country needs to support a budget that improves the lives of men, women, and children.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration and Congress are proposing dramatic cuts to programs that promote economic opportunity or provide food assistance to some of the poorest families in the United States.

These budget cuts would hit the African-American community particularly hard since African-American households are up to three times more likely to experience hunger and poverty. About 13 million African Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), for example, to put food on the table.

In 2015, SNAP lifted 2.1 million African Americans, including 1 million children, out of poverty

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