Support International Food Aid Reform in the Farm Bill
By David Beckmann
Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) have just introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that establishes improvements to our international food aid program.
Amendment 1079 increases the authorization for the Local and Regional Procurement (LRP) program from $40 million per year to $60 million per year from 2014 through 2018.
Bread for the World supported the LRP pilot program when it was originally authorized in the 2008 farm bill, and now we’re hoping that it will be expanded.
The pilot program demonstrated the benefit of purchasing food aid locally and regionally to meet the needs of those suffering from hunger. Purchasing food aid locally is cheaper, quicker, and supports farmers in developing countries. These are smart reforms and we should invest additional funds into this successful program.
The bipartisan Coon-Johanns amendment makes this program permanent and substantially increases the authorized funding level.
Your U.S. senators need to hear from you ASAP! The Senate is considering the amendment soon. Don't delay! Call 800-326-4941 today, and tell your U.S. senators,
Vote “yes” on the Coons-Johanns food aid reform amendment.
Thank you for using your voice to help ensure a place at the table for all God’s people.
David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.
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