Alliance to End Hunger Concerned by White House 2019 Budget Proposal

February 16, 2018

WASHINGTON DC, February 16, 2018 – The Alliance to End Hunger has serious concerns about the administration’s budget proposal for FY 2019. The budget proposal, released Monday, calls for deep cuts to programs that assist poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world.

“The negative impact of these proposed cuts would be profound,” says Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “Safety net programs in the U.S., as well as foreign aid and development assistance overseas, not only support our nation’s moral leadership, but provide a proven return-on-investment for the US economy and interests.”

The administration’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. In the U.S., proposed reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) would negatively affect working families depending on the program to help make ends meet. In addition to $213 billion cuts over 10 years to the program, the proposal would add elements – including direct USDA Food distribution – that decrease efficiencies in the program, as well as economic benefits to local economies and retailers. In addition to SNAP cuts, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which helps provide nutrition to primarily poor older adults, would be eliminated completely.

Internationally, the proposal calls for the elimination of multiple programs that help to save lives and build livelihoods of at-risk families and communities around the world. The Budget proposal eliminates all of the Food for Peace (Title II) program, as well as the historically popular and bipartisan McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. Additionally, the entirety of the Development Assistance account is eliminated, in favor of proposals that could jeopardize the independence of US Agency for International Development operations. The Alliance is also concerned by the steep cuts to U.S. contributions to international organizations through the United Nations and elsewhere.

“It is at times like this that the Alliance, with its nearly 100 members and their own constituencies totaling millions of individuals, can really make their voices heard in the fight to stand up for poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world,” stated Middleton. “We have the collective power to ensure the most vulnerable individuals and families here receive the support they need to fulfill their potential.”

The Alliance to End Hunger looks forward to engaging its membership, Congress, and the administration in collective efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

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