For Immediate Release

Office of Press Relations

Statement by Acting Spokesperson Shejal Pulivarti

Today marks 70 years of USAID’s Food for Peace Program, a cornerstone of USAID’s life-saving food assistance work around the world. Last fiscal year, USAID purchased 1.1 million metric tons of food from U.S. farmers and ranchers – including sorghum, corn, beans, rice, and vegetable oil – to help more than 45 million people with emergency food and acute nutrition assistance in 35 countries. Over the past decade, these commodities have come from American farmers in more than 21 U.S. states on average, with an average of 46 U.S. commodity supplier businesses involved in aggregating the food for procurement.

Emergency food assistance is an expression of the compassion and goodwill of the people of the United States. At a time of staggering and unprecedented humanitarian needs, the Food for Peace Program, with bipartisan support from Congress, has helped the U.S. respond to global crises. This program is the hallmark of U.S. workers – farmers, grain elevator operators, truckers, bargemen, freight forwarders, and port operations – all of whom have helped make it possible to reach the world’s most vulnerable.

Globally, the United States remains the largest supplier of food assistance to people in need around the world, reaching tens of millions of people in 32 countries last year alone. In addition to responding to families undergoing crises around the world, Food for Peace also supports critical non-emergency work, including addressing the root causes of hunger in developing countries, often through market-based solutions, to help reduce the need for assistance in the long-term.

For seven decades, Food for Peace programs have been a source of pride for many Americans, and we appreciate Congressional efforts to ensure that the program continues to most effectively help those in need. As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Farm Bill this year, USAID remains grateful for our collaboration and committed to ensuring the program maximizes every American taxpayer’s dollar and continues to reach as many people as possible.

For additional information about USAID's food assistance programs, click here.

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