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Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World today released the following statement on the nomination of Samantha Power for administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):
“Bread for the World applauds President-elect Biden for nominating Ambassador Samantha Power for USAID administrator and for elevating the position to the White House National Security Council. Elevating the USAID administrator position to the National Security Council is a recognition of the importance development assistance is to our national security.
“With hunger and malnutrition continuing to surge globally because of COVID-19 it is critical the Senate move quickly to confirm her. Ambassador Power’s experience, idealism, and faith make her an ideal candidate to lead the agency and we look forward to working with Ambassador Power and USAID in the coming months and years.”
Afghanistan would be considered likely to have high rates of hunger because at least two of the major causes of global hunger affect it—armed conflict and fragile governmental institutions.
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
Bread for the World is calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to build a better 1,000-Days infrastructure in the United States.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.