January-February 2014 | www.bread.org Stephen Padre/Bread for the World bread BREAD FOR THE WORLD is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad Countries in Africa are consistently among the top recipients of U.S. food aid. Smart reforms to food-aid programs will benefit as many as 17 million more people—and at no additional cost. Reforming U.S. Food Aid The devastation wrought by major international disasters in recent years, such as last year’s typhoon in the Philippines, 2010’s massive earthquake in Haiti, and the ongoing crisis in Syria, shows how valuable U.S. food aid is in addressing humanitarian emergencies around the world. These crises also show that, despite the successes of U.S. food aid, reforms are needed to the programs that provide it. Reforming U.S. food aid is the focus of Bread for the World’s 2014 Offering of Letters. Government Help Effective, but Changes Needed When the needs after disasters are enormous, the response of our federal government is usually immediate. In the case of the Philippines, the U.S. Agency for International Development committed $10 million to the World Food Program to be used to purchase food in the Philippines and neighboring countries. Had the typhoon struck a few months earlier, at the end of the government’s previous (See Food Aid on page 2) IN THIS ISSUE | On Faith 3 Bread Slices 4 Policy Focus 6 Advocacy in Action 7 Contact Us 8 ACT NOW! Congress left town without extending unemployment insurance, abruptly cutting off 1.3 million unemployed workers from benefits just days after Christmas. Separately, congressional leaders are very close to a farm bill, which reauthorizes SNAP (formerly food stamps). Call your members of Congress today and urge them to: 1. Extend unemployment benefits immediately. 2. Protect SNAP in the farm bill. Call the Capitol switchboard to be connected to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121.