U.S. Food Aid Reform Could Save Millions More Lives

Roll Call: Cooking Up Food Aid Reform
Tom Colicchio, chef and food activist

“…[U.S.] food aid law actually ties the hands of humanitarians responding to crises from buying food locally or regionally. They have to put an order into Washington and wait. And wait. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Leading members of Congress from both parties — including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and ranking member Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y. — have worked to modernize the system. Simple common sense reforms, such as the ones proposed in a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the Senate by Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Coons, D-Del., can make the necessary reforms that would help save millions more lives with no additional costs to taxpayers…” (3/9).