Hunger is the number one health problem in the world, affecting nearly 1 billion people and leading to a needless 3.5 million deaths each year. Many of those deaths are of children, whose parents simply cannot afford to feed them. With one tenth of one percent of the entire U.S. national budget, Americans provide lifesaving resources for the world’s poorest and hungriest people.
But now, with the U.S. government in a budget crunch, Congress is considering returning federal funding to 2008 levels. That would mean cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from global hunger programs. These cuts would provide little payoff for the American people, and would come with great consequences for the hungriest around the world.
Stand up for the world's bottom billion and tell your members of Congress that you want to save global hunger programs! Your voice on this issue is needed more than ever to ensure that the U.S. plays its part in supporting the world's hungry.
I am writing with great concern about the current proposal to return federal funding to FY2008 levels. While I understand that our country is facing many difficult budget decisions, I also know that this proposal would dramatically reduce lifesaving resources for the world’s poorest and hungriest people. Cutting funding for global hunger programs, which comprise a tiny fraction of one percent of the overall federal budget, would provide little payoff and would come with great consequences.
As you are likely aware, hunger is the No. 1 health problem in the world, affecting nearly 1 billion people and leading to a needless 3.5 million deaths, many of them children, each year. It is our moral responsibility to not turn our backs on such suffering.
Beyond our moral responsibility, responding to global hunger is also in our country’s best interest. As we watch food prices rise sharply around the world, already leading to riots in multiple countries and the overthrow of the Tunisian government, it is critical to global stability that the U.S. lead in stabilizing short-term emergencies while also working to eradicate hunger in the long-run. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has highlighted the value of our development and humanitarian programs as a critical U.S. foreign policy tool that helps prevent conflict in the first place, noting that, “development assistance is a lot cheaper than boots on the ground.”
With all the tough decisions that Congress has to make on a daily basis, there is one that should be a no-brainer: You should continue your commitment to the world’s almost 1 billion hungry.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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