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Food & Hunger

Senator Coons steps up for food aid reform

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Hunger is a global problem, but the solution to ending hunger rests largely in the hands of world leaders.

The reason for this is because hunger comes down to distribution, especially when it comes to food aid. First of all, there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. The US alone wastes over 1200 calories per capita each day. That’s enough to keep 300 million people from starvation!

1 out of 9 people on the planet is hungry right now. That’s 795 million men, women, and children who do not have enough food and energy to lead healthy lives.

And the US is the “largest donor of emergency food aid, but sadly the most inefficient,” as Connie Britton just mentioned onstage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.

If food aid policy in the US is reformed, 8-12 million people could be fed and eliminated from the global hunger statistics.

That’s why Global Citizen asked global citizens to call US Senators and request their Senator support the Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015. Tonight, Senator Chris Coons (Dem. Del.) tells us why the US needs to pass this bill.

So how food aid reform works now is the US send truckloads of food to countries in need when a crisis happens or natural disasters strike. This wastes millions in food and is an incredibly inefficient method of distribution for food aid.

According to Senator Coons there is a much more efficient way to send food aid. Senator Coons’ Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015 focuses on buying food from developing countries and shipping that food to as food aid to countries in need. He says, “it’s cheaper and smarter to send what we must from the U.S. and buy what we can in developing countries.”

I agree with Senator Coons, this shift on food aid reform in the US will help end world hunger and boost economies for developing countries. It is essential this reform take place in US food aid policy.

This is an ongoing process and you can still help support the Food for Peace Reform Act which will prevent hunger for 6-9 million people and save between $220 and $330 million (USD) each year.

Go to TAKE ACTION NOW and call your Senator urging them to support the Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015.