Sunday, October 9, 2016


It may not come up in debates, but candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump provided statements on their plans to address hunger and poverty to Vote to End Hunger after the coalition delivered to both campaign's headquarters the names of 631,000 voters who want to make those issues a top priority.

Mrs. Clinton has set a national goal of cutting poverty in half over 10 years, and understands that this starts with creating jobs, particularly in communities too often left out and left behind. In her first 100 days in office, she pledges to make the largest investment in job creation since World War II. She will make it easier to start and grow a small business, and will increase the minimum wage. She will also fight to make sure women are paid equally—not just because it’s fair, but because it means pay raises for the entire family. And she will ensure that working families have the supports they need—like affordable, high-quality child care and health care; paid family leave; and increased rental assistance.

Mr. Trump says underprivileged and underserved families living in poverty face the same issues no matter their background. Hunger, a lack of employment opportunity, access to healthcare and education to name a few. He understands that poverty is more common in certain communities, who often suffer in unsafe neighborhoods with failing schools, which then results in fewer nutritional or other retail options. His agenda will, he states, grow our economy, create jobs and restore vitality to rural and urban pockets of poverty. He will also address the cycles of crime, violence and recidivism that plague underprivileged communities. In our cities, we will stand with communities to restore safety on the streets and excellence and choice in education.

Full text of Mrs. Clinton’s statement: Clinton on Hunger & Poverty
Full text of Mr. Trump’s statement: Trump on Hunger & Poverty