January 9, 2017

Six Steps Trump Can Take to Cut Hunger in Half

Joseph Molieri/Pan para el Mundo

Washington, D.C. – In advance of his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, Bread for the World has sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump urging him to take six meaningful steps during his first year in office that will cut hunger in half in the U.S. and around the world. 

“With economic growth and focused effort, you can cut hunger in half in the U.S. and worldwide within the next eight years,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World in his letter. “You have made bold promises of prosperity for struggling communities across the country, and you recognize the link between global security and world hunger. Cutting hunger in half within eight years is possible, and we can imagine you setting the goal and making it happen.” 

The letter outlines the six steps Trump can take to cut hunger in half:

Job creation and his infrastructure initiative, with a particular emphasis in communities that have high levels of persistent or concentrated poverty. A good job is the best way out of hunger and poverty, and improving the nation’s infrastructure is critical to staying competitive. The cost of concentrated poverty is high – in terms of violence, policing and safety, poor nutrition and health, low productivity, and despair.

Health care. Congress should put an improved system in place at the same time as they repeal Obamacare – not put tens of millions of people at risk of losing their access to health care. Health and hunger are interconnected. Widespread hunger in America contributes to poor health and a staggering $160 billion a year in health-care costs. Before the Affordable Care Act, 1 out of 3 people with chronic medical conditions had to choose between treatment and food for their families.

Immigration. Violence, hunger, and poverty push people from their homelands to the U.S. Addressing the push factors that cause people to uproot themselves and risk their lives will reduce immigration. The economy and morality of this nation are tied to our treatment of immigrants. A great America welcomes immigrants.

Global development. World hunger is a threat to global security. In his first year in office, Trump can strengthen the U.S. government’s response to states on the brink of disaster. Investing in self-help development and humanitarian approaches could make the world and the U.S. a safer place.

Criminal justice reform. With more than two million people incarcerated in our country, at an estimated total cost of $45 billion, support for criminal justice reform has grown in both political parties. The reduction of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders would save millions of dollars, and those dollars could fund safety-net programs for people who are transitioning from prison into jobs. This would lower the risk of their return to crime in order to eat or pay for a place to stay.

Global nutrition. Malnutrition permanently stunts the bodies and limits the future of one-fourth of the children in developing countries. Recent knowledge gives us inexpensive ways of reducing malnutrition. Every dollar invested in nutrition for mothers and children yields a return of $16 – and getting nutrition to hungry babies is sacred work.

“Our country is hobbled by sharp divisions. Racism, demonizing immigrants, and promoting deep divisions in society are contrary to God's love and contribute to the persistence of hunger and poverty. So we look to you, as president, to live up to our nation's ideals of inclusion and to foster respect for all people,” continued Beckmann.  

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • The Impacts of Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Cuts on the Latino Community

    To end hunger and poverty in the United States by 2030, our country needs to support a budget that improves the lives of men, women, and children. Unfortunately, the Trump administration and Congress are proposing dramatic cuts to programs that promote economic opportunity or provide food...

  • The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615 & H.R. 3440)


    The United States is a nation of immigrants. Throughout its history, people have moved here from all over the world and have contributed to their communities and our national life. Today, as in the past, immigrants are also creating prosperity for this nation. 


For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • The State of Black Poverty: A Pan-African Millennial Perspective on Ending Hunger by 2030

    Over the past year and a half, about two-dozen young adults from the United States and countries in Africa and the Caribbean, have gathered virtually and in person to reflect on the effects of hunger and poverty in black communities. The working group has been considering socio-political and...

  • Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

    Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

    Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut...