Alliance to End Hunger Calls for Congressional Outreach Among Members in Response to President’s Budget

May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON DC, May 25, 2017 – The Alliance to End Hunger today is calling on its members and allies to contact their elected officials in the US House and Senate in response to the President’s release of his FY2018 proposed budget.  The budget proposal, which was released Tuesday, calls for deep cuts to programs and agencies with a profound impact on poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world. The Alliance is calling upon its nearly 100 corporate, nonprofit, university, foundation, and individual members to reach out to congressional offices and tell them to protect programs that assist those who need it most.

“We are deeply troubled by many aspects of the President’s budget request and the potential impact it would have to those are struggling to feed themselves and their families both at home and abroad, but we now have an opportunity for our diverse membership to reach out to their legislators with the message that these cuts are unacceptable,” stated Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.

The President’s budget proposal, if enacted, would have dramatic negative impacts on assistance to poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world. For example, in the United States, the proposal calls for more than a $190 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, over the next 10 years. The proposal also calls for an increase in match funding from states, which would lead to a disproportionate burden on states most in need of assistance. Also targeted are other social safety net programs including the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF), Medicaid, and programs for senior citizens—including those that support Meals on Wheels programs.

Internationally, the proposed budget calls for a nearly 30 percent cut to the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which provides the largest share of US emergency relief and development funding overseas, including through the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. Under the proposal, Food for Peace (Title II) would be eliminated. The historically bipartisan McGovern-Dole Food for Education program, which provides food for millions of school-aged children around the world and notably increases the education of girls, would also be zeroed out of the budget.

Alliance to End Hunger members are encouraged to reach out to their own organizations’ networks with a call to action: Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to protect the programs targeted for cuts that would have a negative effect on poor and hungry people.

“The combination of the voices of our member organizations, and their own constituencies of millions of people, are not something that can be ignored.” says Middleton “This is what makes our coalition so effective, and it is why we remain hopeful that we can convince Congress to protect the programs that mean so much to so many people.”

Contact: Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Alliance to End Hunger