Alliance to End Hunger Statement on the President’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal

March 15, 2019

WASHINGTON DC, March 15, 2019 – The Alliance to End Hunger is deeply concerned by the President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020.  The proposal, released to the public on Monday morning, calls for severe cuts to both domestic and international programs that are critical to vulnerable families in the United States and around the world.

“Just as it was last year, this year’s budget proposal is woefully misguided and dangerous,” said Executive Director Rebecca Middleton. “Not only do these proposals ignore the plight of millions of vulnerable people in this country, but they decimate programs that are literally saving lives across the globe.”

Drastic cuts to hunger-related programs in the United States include a $220 billion slash to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps), and a $1.7 billion cut to Child Nutrition programs.  On top of the nutrition-specific cuts, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) would see $21 billion slashed from its budget, and $1.1 trillion would be eliminated from Medicaid.

Global food security programs would also see severe cuts and eliminations.  Under the President’s budget, funding for important programs would be completely eliminated, including Food for Progress and the McGovern-Dole international school feeding program.  Overall, humanitarian aid would be cut by nearly 35%, global food security programs would be cut by $508 million, and the overall International Affairs budget would be cut by a staggering 23%.

While the United States Congress ultimately develops the federal budget, the President has traditionally submitted a budget proposal laying out an Administration’s funding and policy priorities.

“This budget proposal is clearly not in the interest of the hungry and vulnerable people we are fighting for and with every day,” said Middleton. “However, together with our Alliance members and friends up on Capitol Hill, I am optimistic that we will find a way to ensure that hungry people do not get left behind as Congress conducts its annual appropriations process, and we will urge our policymakers to support policies that put us on the path to ending hunger.”