Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Petition Congress: Don't Turn Your Back on the Poorest People

Petition Congress: Don't Turn Your Back on the Poorest People

Dear Congress: Do not take away life-saving food from 18 million people by cutting U.S. food aid. We have a moral obligation to help those in need. Proverbs 31:9 tells us to: "speak up, judge righteously, and champion the poor and the needy."

Sign the petition to Congress about the FY2011 spending bill.

Let Congress know that it's not okay to cut the aid we give to our hungry and poor neighbors, be they at home or abroad.


 

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Dear Honorable Members of Congress:

The challenges before you as you work to complete the spending bill for the remainder of FY11 are indeed daunting. And we must address our fiscal imbalance, or everyone—particularly low-income families—will suffer. But hunger and poverty are not partisan issues, and your efforts should not cause further harm to the most vulnerable people here in the United States and around the globe.

We have a moral obligation to help those in need, and your spending decisions can mean the difference between life and death.

We especially lift up these proposals because of the immediate and long-term costs to already struggling families:

Global Health and Child Survival — $365 million. Bread for the World helped start this fund in the early 1980s, and millions of people are alive today because of these investments in cheap, effective interventions.

Millennium Challenge Account — $315 million. Nations like Ghana are on track to cut poverty in half and meet the Millennium Development Goals in part because of the MCA, which encourages good governance, transparency, and participation in civil society. Bread members helped start the MCA during our 2003 Offering of Letters campaign.

Food Aid and McGovern Dole International School Lunch — $946 million. These cuts would eliminate feeding programs for 18 million of the world’s hungriest and poorest people, including 15 million people suffering from hunger due to natural disasters and conflicts and 2.5 million children who get school meals through the McGovern-Dole program. Bread has historically argued for reforms in food aid to allow regional purchases of food, but cutting food aid without an alternative throws the baby out with the bathwater.

Development Assistance — $746 million. The account includes programs such as agricultural development, microfinance, education, and safe water. It builds capacity so that in the long run, local people can reduce poverty on their own.

You face enormous pressures to cut spending and reduce the deficit. It will require tough choices and sacrifices. However, Proverbs 31:9 reminds us of our responsibility to "speak up, judge righteously, and champion the poor and the needy."

In this spirit, we pray that you fully fund these programs so that we do not hurt those who least can afford it.

Grace and peace.

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Help End Hunger. Photo by Laura Pohl

Photo by Laura Pohl