For Immediate Release: March 28, 2016
Contact: Magen Allen
Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org, (212) 825-0028, ext. 212
New Trump Budget Proposal Would Immediately Cut Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Homelessness-Prevention Efforts
“Cruel and Counter-Productive,” Say Advocates
As Politico reported today, “The White House is asking Congress to cut $18 billion from discretionary spending bills for the current fiscal year that have been long settled.” The White House request includes a reduction in $20 million (17%) in the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which funds food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, and homelessness-prevention organizations - many of which are faith based – in rural, urban, and suburban areas nationwide.
In response, Joel Berg, author of America, We Need to Talk: a Self-Help Book for the Nation, and CEO of Hunger Free America, said: “Because mid-year cuts to ongoing programs are so disruptive, it is rare in history for Presidents to ever request them. It’s especially cruel and counter-productive to try to take money away from religious and secular agencies that feed hungry Americans and prevent families from becoming homeless. These agencies are already woefully under-funded. Taking away short-term food and shelter aid not only increases long-term spending on health and public safety, but also flies in the face of every one of our religious and secular ethical traditions. This is exactly the opposite of what is needed to make America great.”