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On the 70th Anniversary of Food for Peace, We Must Continue to Support Ending Hunger Everywhere

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2024) In 1954 the Food for Peace program was signed into law by President Eisenhower, ushering in a partnership between U.S. farmers, international organizations, and global communities seeking to end hunger and build sustainable economies around the world. Over the past 70 years, the program has provided over 4 billion people with food in 150 countries.

Today, continued support for Food for Peace could not be more essential. 783 million people are currently facing hunger, with crises continuing in Sudan, Gaza, Haiti, Yemen, and elsewhere. In 2022 alone, Food for Peace provided “nearly 4 billion pounds of American-grown food to 58 million people.”

Food for Peace continues to be an essential program in the United States to address global food and nutrition insecurity and pave the way for a world free of poverty and hunger.

“As we celebrate 70 years of Food for Peace, this program is more important now than ever,” states Alliance to End Hunger president Eric Mitchell. “Food for Peace has to be adequately funded so that we can address both today’s food security and nutrition needs, as well as tomorrow’s prosperity and development across the globe.”

The Alliance to End Hunger and its coalition are committed to protecting and enhancing this vital program for years to come as we work to end hunger everywhere in a generation.

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