Urge Congress to Support Hunger and Poverty Fighting Programs

Kenya: Child lunch program in West Pokot
CWS supports programs in the West Pokot region of Kenya, where a free lunch is provided for young students. Photo: CWS

Contact your Senators and Representative, asking them to support the Senate’s FY 2013 funding levels for overseas relief and development programs. Even if you have written to Congress about this previously, now is the time to write them again!

In these difficult economic times, protecting the world’s most vulnerable families is something everyone can believe in. Countless lives have been saved through bi-partisan support for food aid, nutrition assistance, poverty-fighting programs and assistance to refugees.

The U.S. Congress has yet to make a final decision about how much to fund overseas relief and development programs in 2013, and it’s already time to begin working on 2014 funding. In the midst of these discussions, Congress will also decide on steps to reduce the federal budget.

Funding for hungry and impoverished children, women and men in low income countries and communities hasn’t caused the budget deficit. And at less than 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget, cutting this funding won’t make a dent in reducing the deficit.

Even if you have written to your members of Congress in the past, please write again. U.S. humanitarian and development assistance is vital to global security ... and it saves lives!

  • Food Aid programs reach tens of millions of hungry people, including more than 5 million school children.
  • Aid to small-scale farmers in poor countries helps prevent famine and ensure food security for entire communities.
  • Millions of malnourished children will be treated using simple, low-cost measures including micronutrient powders, de-worming, adequate iron and folic-acid for pregnant women, and the provision of cleaner, safer water and sanitation. More than one million lives will be saved each year by funding programs that focus on adequate nutrition during the 1,000-day window from pregnancy to age two.

Churches and agencies like CWS are engaged in extensive relief and development efforts, and we know the need and the suffering first hand. But we can’t do it all. Millions of hungry people struggling to overcome poverty are able to survive and lead productive lives because of U.S. aid. The U.S. government must continue to invest in humanitarian and poverty-focused international assistance.

Contact your members of Congress now!


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