Isn't food aid one of the most relatively inexpensive items in U.S. foreign policy budget? Is this really the place where Congress can save money?
Food aid is one of the few places in the federal budget which directly saves a life for as low as $40 per person. The United States has been a leader for the last 50 years in the fight against global hunger. It is a tragedy that Congress is being short-sighted and abandoned this leadership.
Is it true that fighting hunger is one of the most cost effective solutions to the world's problems?
Yes it is. Ronald Reagan said of food assistance to Ethiopia during his Administration that ‘A hungry child knows no politics.’ This is so true. U.S. international food aid not only represents the best of American values but also for a low price, generates good will for the American people.
How can readers voice their opinion about the proposed budget cuts to international food aid?
Americans need to contact their Representatives and Senators to express their support for these cost-effective food aid programs which save lives. At a cost of $6 per American per year, America does NOT need to lose its leadership position in the fight against global hunger.