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Jim Costa

From the office of:

Jim Costa

Sending Office: Honorable Jim Costa
Sent By:
Bradley.Hart@mail.house.gov

Support FY 2021 Funding for Food for Peace

Deadline: NOON, Tuesday, March 10

Current signers: Costa, Rouzer, Panetta, Marshall, McGovern, DeSaulnier, Axne, Bustos, Rush, Moore, Barbara Lee, Jayapal, Grijalva, Danny K. Davis.

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in supporting robust funding levels for the Food for Peace program in Fiscal Year 2021.

Food for Peace has enjoyed bipartisan support for more than six decades. Every dollar of assistance Food for Peace provides helps save lives, reduce poverty and, ultimately, provides support for vulnerable communities on their roads to disaster recovery
and self-sufficiency. In turn, this development assistance helps open new markets to American commodities and build broadly shared prosperity.

Sadly, the need for global nutrition assistance is expected to grow dramatically. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network predicts that 88 million people will require emergency food assistance in the coming year alone – an increase of 87% from just five
years ago.

Food for Peace is not only a continuing reminder of the generosity and goodwill of the American people, it is also a critical component of our global food security efforts and our national security.

Please join us in calling for robust funding to support its important work.

If you would like to sign, please contact Bradley Hart (Bradley.Hart@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Jim Costa’s office.

 

Dear Chairman Bishop and Ranking Member Fortenberry,

As you determine funding priorities for the Fiscal Year 2021 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you appropriately fund Food for Peace, P.L. 480 Title II. We appreciate
the strong bipartisan support the Committee has demonstrated for this program in the past. Specifically, for FY 2021, we request that Food for Peace, P.L. 480 Title II receives sufficient additional funding commensurate with
the scope of need, within the parameters of your 302(b) allocation.

Food for Peace is the United States’ flagship food assistance program and is administered by USAID. Since 1954, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people have received life-saving emergency assistance from Food for Peace and its partner organizations.
Food for Peace also provides development support help for communities facing long-term challenges that negatively impact food stability, including political strife, military conflict, poverty, and natural disasters. Since its inception, Food for Peace has
enjoyed strong support from Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and, every year, an estimated 60 million people in 50 countries receive assistance from the program. Unfortunately, the need for food aid is expected to grow dramatically in coming
years, making this lifesaving support more important than ever before.

This assistance is not only a continuing reminder of the generosity and goodwill of American farmers and the American people, it is also a critical component of our global food security efforts. Worldwide food security is fundamentally linked to our national
security, and Food for Peace continually contributes to the spread and strengthening of American leadership worldwide. Every dollar of assistance Food for Peace provides helps save lives, reduces poverty and, ultimately, provides support for vulnerable communities
on their roads to disaster recovery and self-sufficiency. In turn, this development assistance helps open new markets to American commodities and build broadly-shared prosperity.

The need for food assistance worldwide is expected to grow in the years to come. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network predicts that 88 million people will require emergency food assistance this year alone – an increase of 87% from just five years ago.
Food for Peace funding has remained largely flat for the past several years while the global humanitarian need has increased dramatically.

While we understand that the committee has many pressing appropriations requests to consider, we believe that Food for Peace is not only a critical humanitarian assistance program but also represents the generosity of the American people and helps protect
our national security. We respectfully request that Food for Peace, P.L. 480 Title II receives sufficient additional funding commensurate with the scope of need, within the parameters of your 302(b) allocation. 

Thank you for your attention and serious consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Members of Congress

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