Tell Congress: Protect Food for Peace

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For more than 60 years, the Food for Peace program, which is funded by the United States, has been a world leader in fighting global hunger. Unfortunately, President Trump’s budget eliminates the key account that funds Food for Peace. This is despite the fact that more than 795 million people in the world don't have enough food, including more than 20 million in the four countries threatened by famine: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

If Food For Peace funding is cut, 22.6 million people in crises could lose access to lifesaving food assistance. It also would end a critical development program that each year helps nearly 8 million people grow or produce food better so they are better able to feed their families.

We need your help to stop these drastic proposed cuts. Please sign the attached petition to your Member of Congress telling them that you want them to protect Food for Peace, and the tens of millions of people who need lifesaving assistance, and maintain US leadership in the fight against global hunger.

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My Message

Dear Member of Congress,

In a time of major global food insecurity, I am writing to you today to ask that you protect America’s legacy as a leader in fighting global hunger and reject the Administration's proposed budget cuts to the accounts that fund critical global food security activities including: Food for Peace Title II, International Disaster Assistance, and the Development Assistance Accounts.

In partnership with NGOs and local communities around the world, Food for Peace (FFP) is foundational to the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. FFP programs are essential to bringing stability to situations that can threaten our national security. It includes emergency programs that keep people alive through natural disasters, conflict and food security crises. With protracted crises in Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere, 70 million people across 45 countries will require emergency food assistance in 2017. And the projections for 2018 are already showing similar levels of emergency need. This is the worst time to propose cuts to life-saving food assistance.

Food for Peace also includes non-emergency developmental programs that address the underlying sources of chronic hunger through multi-year investments in nutrition, agricultural productivity and diversification of household incomes. These programs have been instrumental in creating the recent gains made to address chronic malnutrition, build resilience and place vulnerable households on the path to food security. Smart investments in these non-emergency programs now mitigate against the need for large-scale emergency responses in the future as families become more resilient and able to provide for themselves and their own communities.

Protecting Food for Peace is in our national interests and I hope that you’ll reject the Administration’s cuts and instead fully fund the following accounts at the recommended levels:

  • Food for Peace Title II at $1.875 billion, including at least $350 million for non-emergency programs.
  • International Disaster Assistance at $3.41 billion.
  • Development Assistance at $3.4 billion, including at least $80 million for Community Development Funds.

Food for Peace needs your support to continue saving lives and helping the most vulnerable communities around the world build better futures for their children.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing how you are fighting to protect this important program.

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