Alliance to End Hunger Pleased by House Commitment to U.S. Nutrition Funding through Appropriations, Warns of Global Food Security and Nutrition Shortfall
July 1, 2021
WASHINGTON (July 1, 2021) – The Alliance to End Hunger applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for their commitment to food and nutrition security in the United States, while also warning that current global account levels are insufficient to meet increasing demands.
The Alliance to End Hunger hopes that Congress will pass a final funding bill that reflects the domestic nutrition priorities of the House Appropriations Committee. The FY 2022 House bill shows a commitment to addressing hunger in the United States through fully funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and child nutrition programs. Additionally, for the first time, the bill proposes extra protections to safeguard SNAP from running out of money in the last quarter of the fiscal year ensuring recipients will receive benefits without interruption. “The federal nutrition programs are serving as a lifeline for so many right now, particularly those hardest hit by hunger during COVID. Full funding to cover the cost of expected participation in these programs over the next year is critical to make sure individuals have access to the nutrition they need to recover from these hard times,” said Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
Related to global food security, the Alliance to End Hunger appreciates the modest increases to Feed the Future, McGovern-Dole Food for Education, Title II Food for Peace, nutrition, and International Disaster Assistance. However, global hunger crises continue to pose growing concerns. In November of 2020, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 271.8 million people in countries where it operates were acutely food insecure or at grave risk of becoming so. Further, in Central America’s Northern Triangle region, hunger has nearly quadrupled. Adding to these dire circumstances is an increasing famine situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and continuing crises in Yemen, South Sudan, and Nigeria. The Alliance urges the Senate to revisit proposed appropriations numbers in their upcoming bill.
“The Alliance truly appreciates the commitments made to U.S. nutrition through the current House appropriations,” states Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “However, just as we require urgent global efforts to tackle the COVID-19 virus, we also need monumental efforts to confront global hunger. All of us ultimately depend on it.”