They come at a time when rising food prices are increasing hunger for millions of the world's poorest people and spurring riots and instability in many developing countries.
Here are the top 5 reasons why Congress should not cut funding for global hunger programs.
1. Global hunger programs make up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the entire U.S. budget.
Making cuts to global hunger programs won’t have a significant impact on the budget, but would have a devastating impact on millions of people.
2. U.S. international school feeding programs reach 5 million children with a school meal every day.
In 1990, seven-year-old Vera Tavares from Cape Verde starred in a WFP documentary about the nutritious school meals that were keeping her in school. Now she’s a college-educated career woman able to support her mother and put her brother through university. Meet Vera.
3. U.S. emergency food assistance programs have provided lifesaving food to billions of people in the last 50 years.
“We never knew this rain would render us homeless – we are literally left with nothing,” Shabbi Ahmed said after floods poured in to his home last August in the Punjab region of Pakistan. With help from donor countries like the United States, the World Food Program (WFP) was able to provide Shabbi and 7.5 million other Pakistanis with the nutritious food they desperately needed. Meet Shabbi and his family.
4. The new U.S. Feed the Future (FTF) initiative will reach more than 25 million children and 40 million farmers through partnerships.
Anne Rono is a small farmer in Kenya, one of the countries in which FTF is investing. After contracting HIV, she lost the strength to farm her land. With the help of antiretroviral drugs and nutritious food, she’s back on her feet, selling her crops to WFP, and is confident that her crop yields will be even higher next year. Meet Anne.
5. Hunger is the world’s No. 1 health problem and nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day.
The WFP USA story bank is full of stories like Vera’s, Shabbi’s and Anne’s. One billion isn’t just a number – it’s a number of people. We encourage you to get to know them. Visit our story bank and read their stories.
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Global hunger programs save millions of lives and their price is less than one tenth of one percent of the entire U.S. budget! Take action today!