President’s Budget Threatens Hunger-Focused Programs at Home and Abroad
March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON DC, March 16, 2017 — The Alliance to End Hunger is deeply concerned by the President’s proposed 2018 budget, which would lead to massive cuts to programs critical to poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.
The cuts would impact programs in the United States focused on people and areas disproportionally affected by hunger and poverty, including to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Also threatened are the AmeriCorps program, which helps to support hunger and other poverty-focused organizations across the country, and Community Services Block Grants, which are sources of funding for local Meals on Wheels programs. The Alliance is also concerned by deep cuts to other non-defense discretionary funding that have not been detailed yet, including to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
On the international front the President’s budget proposal calls for an approximately 30 percent cut to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and recommends consolidation of State and USAID. Additionally, the budget proposal eliminates funding for the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, a vital international anti-hunger program that provides essential meals to school children in the developing world
“Cuts such as these are not only devastating to programs that assist our country’s most vulnerable people, but would profoundly impact our nation’s reputation as a leader in addressing hunger and poverty everywhere,” stated Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “The very nature of where these cuts are directed is dangerous.”
The Alliance is eager to work with its diverse membership and with Congress to protect programs that target some of the most vulnerable people around the world.