Together, these federal nutrition programs reduce hunger and poverty, improve health and learning, increase productivity, create jobs, and strengthen our communities. They help the many people in our country — of all ages, races, ethnicities, and life circumstances — who are struggling. This includes seniors, children, people with disabilities, military and veterans' families, low-wage workers, unemployed and underemployed adults, and others.
In particular, SNAP, as our nation's first line of defense against hunger, has the broadest reach. It is structured to respond effectively to need as a result of economic downturns, natural disasters, and other causes.
Soon, the new Congress and President-elect Trump will be sworn in and will begin making key decisions. We call on them to recommit America to one of its most important and widely agreed-upon beliefs, one that has deep and long-standing bipartisan support: nobody in this country should go hungry.
We call on them to safeguard the federal nutrition programs, including protecting the programs against block grants or other structural changes that would undermine their effectiveness; fully funding these programs and defending them against budget cuts; and taking steps to assure all hungry people in our country receive the help they need.
We look forward to working with the new Congress and President-elect Trump toward the goal of ending hunger in the United States.
The Alliance to End Hunger
Bread for the World
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Congressional Hunger Center
Food Research and Action Center
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Meals on Wheels America
No Kid Hungry
Society of St. Andrew
Colleen Barton Sutton
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SOURCE National Anti-Hunger Organizations