Alliance to End Hunger Deeply Troubled by White House FY 2021 Budget Proposal

February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON DC, February 18, 2020 — The Alliance to End Hunger is deeply concerned by the White House Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal released last week.  The proposal, consistent with the three previous budget requests from the current Administration, proposes deep cuts to both domestic and global programs critical to the lives of those facing poverty and hunger.

“While not surprising, we are nevertheless alarmed by the proposed cuts coming out of the White House,” stated Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.  “This proposal would not only hurt many low-income Americans, but also cut lifesaving funding to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

Domestic poverty-focused and safety net programs impacting food insecure individuals in the United States would face disproportionate cuts.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), would face a $15 billion cut in 2021 alone, and a staggering $182 billion over ten years.  These cuts follow rule changes proposed in 2019 that would eliminate millions of SNAP beneficiaries.  Child nutrition programs, which include free and reduced-price meal programs at schools across the country, would face a $20 million cut in 2021 and $1.7 billion cut over ten years.  The widely-popular Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit would also decrease by a combined $29 billion over ten years.

The budget proposal also makes significant cuts to programs crucial to alleviating hunger around the globe.  The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development would see their budget cut by 22 percent under the current proposal. Further, the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program and Food for Peace Title II would both be zeroed-out, as they were in the previous two White House budget proposals.

“It is astonishing that the White House continues to propose cuts to programs essential to food insecure individuals the world over, given how much bipartisan support these programs have received on Capitol Hill,” stated Middleton. “The White House should get the message that our country cares for hungry people, both at home and around the globe. We look forward to working with Congress to support appropriations bills that reflects this shared value.”