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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today released a statement on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Report on Household Food Security in the United States in 2017.” The statement can be attributed to Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World:
“Bread for the World celebrates news that the number of Americans who struggle with hunger declined again in 2017. Hunger has been declining gradually as the economy has been improving over the last seven years. But hunger is not yet back down to the pre-recession level of 2007. Millions of American families still struggle to put food on the table.
“The conferees on the Farm Bill should not cut SNAP food benefits, as the House of Representatives narrowly voted to do. We favor measures to help low-income people succeed in the labor market, but the increased work requirements in the House bill would, in our judgment, increase hunger.”
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.