Making Hunger and Poverty Election Issues
“As national leaders from all the major branches of Christianity, we care deeply about many issues facing our country, but ending hunger and poverty is a top priority of our work together.
“We are praying for a president who will make ending hunger and poverty a top priority of his or her administration. Are you that leader?”
Over 100 Christian leaders have joined together to ask this question of the 2016 candidates for President of the United States.
The Circle of Protection has asked all candidates to “produce a three-minute video telling the American people what you would do as president to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.” In response, eleven candidates have submitted videos. A study guide is available.
Candidate Statements on Hunger and Poverty
Working with the Vote to End Hunger coalition, the Circle of Protection asked the major party nominees to respond to the question “If elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide?”
Candidate Meetings with Christian Leaders
On July 15, 2016, the Circle of Protection sent formal requests to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, asking each to meet with a group of Christian leaders to discuss their plans to offer help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.
The letter notes that “Progress against hunger and poverty will require action by all sectors of society and by all the nations of the world. Yet a shift in U.S. national priorities is an essential next step. People of goodwill can disagree about policy strategies, but little progress will be made unless our next president takes a strong leadership role in making that progress a priority.”
To date, no response has been received to the group’s request for the candidates to “meet, talk, and pray.”