New International Food Aid Bill will Improve Lives of Poor Mothers and Children
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Washington, DC, June 8, 2012
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed H.R. 4141, the Donald M. Payne International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012. Bread for the World is pleased that the bill received bipartisan support and highlights the importance of nutrition during the critical 1,000-day window during pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.
“This bill is a victory for the world’s most vulnerable people, especially poor mothers and children,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “As the world’s largest provider of international food aid, H.R. 4141 will ensure that poor people receive nutritious food products that help reduce malnutrition and hunger.”
The bill calls for improving the quality of U.S. food aid based on the latest advances in nutrition science. While U.S. food assistance is an important tool for providing critical calories and nutrients to millions of people during short-term emergencies, the long-term impacts of these programs have been increasingly called into question for not meeting beneficiaries’ nutritional needs.
“We are especially pleased that the bill carries the name of Congressman Payne, who was a tireless fighter in the battle against hunger,” added Beckmann. “His legacy will live on through this bill. We urge lawmakers to support the progression of this important bill.”
Payne was a member of the Bread for the World board from 2004 until 2009. He was the highest-ranked Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights. Payne died in March.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Acting Manager for Media Relations, 202-688-1118