Senate Hearing On U.S. Food Aid Program Is ‘Logical Next Step’ In Reform Discussion

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Richard Lugar, former U.S. senator from Indiana, president of The Lugar Center, and honorary co-char of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network

“April 15 may be tax day, but this year it is also the day on which an important conversation will take place about the accountability of taxpayer dollars in reaching the greatest number of people in crisis with food. Thanks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, members of the committee will be asking whether the time has come to reform our nation’s food aid program. … Regrettably, both natural and man-made crises continue to leave people across the globe in need of food aid, and the U.S. — through both its moral leadership and its understanding of the relationship between hungry populations and national security — is stepping up to provide this aid. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing is the logical next step to discuss how we can improve the program to serve more people in need for the best value to the taxpayer” (4/15).