Action: Ask your senators to support and co-sponsor the Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015 (S. 525).

Background: Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the Food for Peace Reform Act (S. 525) on February 12. The bill seeks to reform U.S. food assistance programs. It would:

  • Make food aid more cost effective by allowing the purchase of more commodities locally or regionally, as well as the use of vouchers and cash transfers.
  • Save about $50 million per year in shipping costs and also shorten shipping time.
  • Remove the policy of ‘monetization,’ a process that allows U.S donated food to be sold first by aid organizations, producing cash that then funds development projects. This policy causes the loss of 25 cents out of every dollar. Ending monetization would free up an estimated $30 million per year, feeding an additional 800,000 people.

Faith reflection: In the divine miracle of multiplication of loaves, Jesus requests that we courageously “… give them something to eat.” The disciples underestimated the possibility of five loaves and two fish for feeding a multitude of 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21). Our simple but courageous actions of phone calls and emails, combined with unreserved faith in God, unexpectedly makes what seems impossible to us mortals, possible (Matthew 19:26).

Action: Ask your senators to support and co-sponsor the Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015 (S. 525).


Alert prepared by Charles Kwuelum, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, April 10, 2015.