Statement: New USCM Report Underscores Need to Tackle Hunger & Poverty in U.S.

Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.640.1118,

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released survey findings that put a face on the grim reality of  hunger and homelessness in cities across America.  Yet the findings also serve as a reminder of the solutions that exist to address hunger and its root cause, poverty. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), for instance, serves as the first line of defense against hunger by:  ensuring millions of Americans receive the nutrition they need; alleviating the burden on food banks; and reinvesting back in the economy. More must be done to strengthen SNAP, including improving the adequacy of benefits,  if more Americans are to be kept or be lifted out of hunger and poverty.

FRAC agrees with the U.S. Conference of Mayors that hunger and homelessness are serious problems that require serious solutions. SNAP can’t do it alone, which is why the survey findings point to more jobs as a top action needed to address hunger and homelessness. In fact, increasing jobs and increasing wages are among the eight strategies called for  in FRAC’s bold and comprehensive “Plan of Action to End Hunger in America.”

It’s time for our nation to get back on a path that aggressively tackles hunger and poverty. 2016 must be a year when our nation’s leaders – beginning with President Obama, members of Congress, and the 2016 candidates for public office at all levels – advance solutions and build political will to invest in those solutions that will lead to a robust economy and a strong safety net. Together, these solutions will help those most impacted by hunger and poverty, such as children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and working families struggling to make ends meet. There can no longer be excuses for leaving hungry Americans behind.

Statement attributable to FRAC President Jim Weill.