Every day, millions of people in the United States and around the world feed and support their families in part because of lifesaving programs funded by our government. We are making progress toward the end of hunger, but we live in challenging times. Our gains are increasingly vulnerable due to the actions and inactions of governing officials.
Globally, hunger and poverty rates have been cut in
half over the last 25 years. But in 2016, for the first time
since the turn of the century, the number of people living
in hunger increased, and now stands at 815 million. Funding for international hunger programs is under threat and we must
work to get it back on track.
In the United States, 1 in 8 Americans lives at risk of hunger, including approximately 13 million children. Hunger rates
have been declining since 2011, yet many Americans still struggle to put food on the table. We know how to end hunger. Food
assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Women, Infant, Children (WIC)
nutrition program, and school meals keep hunger at bay for millions of vulnerable Americans. Studies show that they also
help children do better in school and in life.
Every year, Congress approves budgets and policies that impact men, women, and children living with hunger and
poverty in real and significant ways. Congress passes federal budget resolutions that set yearly spending levels and
longer-term priorities such as immigration policy and tax policy. Congress must also pass the annual appropriations bills
that fund all government programs, including international assistance as well as child nutrition and job training programs
here in the United States.
Again this year, Bread for the World’s network of churches and concerned people are asking Congress to protect the
funding for key programs that provide hope and opportunity for people living with hunger