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WFP USA Spotlights Former U.S. Congressman’s Hunger Fast to Protest Budget Cuts

Rick Leach, president and CEO of World Food Program USA, today issued a statement in support of former U.S. Congressman Tony Hall's hunger strike to protest budget cuts to international aid for hungry people.

“Poor and hungry people around the world and here at home have a lifelong and unwavering ally in my good friend and colleague, Tony Hall, [the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and a longtime U.S. congressman before that].

"He could not have chosen a better time for a courageous fast than the present moment, when Congress is considering budget cuts that would eliminate food aid, nutrition assistance and agricultural development programs for more than 30 million of the world’s hungriest people.

"As rising food prices push millions more into hunger and poverty, providing a spark for riots and instability across the Middle East and Northern Africa, cuts to our global hunger programs will also threaten our national security.

"The United States has been steadfast in its commitment to addressing global hunger for decades – I hope that Tony’s act will inspire millions of people across the country to tell their Members of Congress that this longstanding bipartisan support should continue.” 

– Rick Leach, president and CEO, World Food Program USA


World Food Program USA works to solve global hunger by raising U.S. support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.