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Washington, D.C. – Today, Bread for the World enthusiastically welcomed the inclusion of $5 billion in the Ukraine aid bill to address the global food and malnutrition crisis. Earlier this month, Bread for the World president and CEO Rev. Eugene Cho signed a joint letter from the Nutrition CEO Council asking Congress to appropriate $5 billion for the crisis. The Council is a body of leaders from international non-governmental organizations committed to ending the crisis of malnutrition.
Rising inflation, unprecedented droughts, and the war in Ukraine and other conflicts around the world have caused global food prices to reach the highest level ever recorded. Forty-nine million people teeter on the brink of famine and as many as 811 million people go to bed hungry every night.
The following statement can be attributed to Rev. Cho, who also serves as co-chair of the Nutrition CEO Council:
“After months of joining our allies in urging lawmakers to adequately address the growing global food and malnutrition crisis, Congress included an impressive $5 billion for emergency food, nutrition, and humanitarian assistance in the Ukraine aid bill. This funding will save the lives of countless people in the hardest hit countries.”
“While we applaud the inclusion of food aid, we continue to urge the administration and Congress to quickly pass a bill that also provides funding for global vaccination and pandemic relief efforts. Without this funding, the world will not be able to overcome and fully emerge from the pandemic.”
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Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5. Every year, the world loses hundreds of thousands of young children and babies to hunger-related causes.
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