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When a disaster strikes — such as 2013’s typhoon in the Philippines, or 2010’s earthquake in Haiti, or the crisis in Syria — people overseas receive emergency food from the United States. Our federal government also provides ongoing food aid to address the “silent disaster” of hunger and malnutrition around the world. This food aid helps break the cycle of poverty and hunger and puts people and communities on better economic footing.
Bread for the World advocated on reforms to the U.S. government’s food-aid programs and policies in its 2014 Offering of Letters.
Smart reforms to food aid enable more food to be purchased closer to where the need is, rather than shipped slowly overseas from the U.S. This not only allows food to reach people in need months sooner, but also less is spent on transportation costs. Changes also ensure that vulnerable people get better nutrition in the food they receive, especially pregnant women and young children. Children need nutritious food so that they can get a healthy start in life. In addition to needed reforms, Bread also wants food-aid programs to continue to be fully funded.
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