Protect Food for Peace funding
Protect Food for Peace funding

Tell Congress: protect Food For Peace funding

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In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time of traditions that remind us of the value of food and bring us together with family and friends. It is a time when we give thanks that we are not hungry, and do what we can to help those that are.

But during this time of plenty, global hunger continues to be a problem. In fact, the number of people who go to bed hungry every night increased for the first time in a decade this year, going from 795 million people to 815 million people. In Yemen alone, 14 million people do not have enough to eat, and 7 million are on the brink of famine.

Congress is making decisions about how much funding should go to fighting hunger and saving lives next year, and we need your help to make sure that the United States continues to provide lifesaving assistance in Yemen and also in places like Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan.

Please send a message to your Member of Congress asking them to protect Foreign aid for the tens of millions of people who need lifesaving assistance, and to maintain US leadership in the fight against global hunger.

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My Message

Dear Member of Congress,

During this season of giving, I am writing to you today to ask that you protect America’s legacy as a leader in fighting global hunger. As Fiscal Year 2018 is finalized, please maintain strong funding for foreign assistance accountants that provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance, as well as those that address the root causes of hunger and violence and build resilience to future shocks and crises.

The Food for Peace Program in particular is foundational to the fight against global hunger and malnutrition. Food For Peace 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. It also includes non-emergency developmental programs that address the underlying sources of chronic hunger. 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 help communities provide for their own families.

Protecting foreign assistance accounts like the ones that fund Food for Peace are in our national interest. I hope that you’ll reject any cuts, especially for accounts like Food for Peace Title II, International Disaster Assistance, Development Assistance, and the Economic Support Fund. These accounts need 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 these important programs.

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