Tell Your Representative: Buy Local, Save Lives
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Tell Your Representative: Buy Local, Save Lives

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      Mercy Corps

U.S. food aid saves millions of lives around the world, but it’s not a perfect system. Right now, the law requires the vast majority of food aid be shipped from the U.S. -- even though it can cost much more than buying food locally in developing countries. Food shipped from the U.S. can take months to reach vulnerable people in desperate need of assistance.

There’s a simple answer to this problem -- but there are just 3 days to fix it! Representatives Royce and Engel are offering an amendment to the Farm Bill that will dramatically improve how the U.S. provides lifesaving food aid. The Royce-Engel amendment to the Farm Bill will allow up to 45% of funding for international food assistance to purchase food locally and regionally. Millions more people will get access to life-giving food, and it won’t cost taxpayers a penny more.

Don’t delay – the vote will be held by Friday, June 21st! Urge your Representative to support the Royce-Engel amendment to the Farm Bill and save more people suffering from hunger.

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    • Cynthia Doyle CLERMONT, FL
      • 10 months ago
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    • ZILKA DAMIEN FRANCE
      • 10 months ago

      yes i sign !!!!

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    • Danielle Mutone-Smith MANASSAS, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Let's use $$ more effectively to reach more people in need!

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    • Daniel Jorgensen NORTHFIELD, MN
      • 10 months ago

      It seems like a "no-brainer" to me. Hungry people need our help and we have both the resources and food supplies to make a needed difference in the world. I strongly support this effort, too, because it supports the hard-working farmers who devote their lives to producing the food that we all need. Thank you!

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    • Jill Morehead DES MOINES, IA
      • 10 months ago

      When my tax dollars go to Foreign Aid, I want them going to the people who need help and not into the pockets of shippers overcharging NGOs for shipping food from the US that would devastate the local market in the country to be assisted. This makes way more sense as far as smart programming of tax dollars, as well as sustainability in the recipient country.

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