Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Food for Peace program, which has helped put food on the table for more than three billion people in 150 countries. Catholic Relief Services has worked with Food for Peace for decades, and we continue to work together to make the program even more efficient and effective.
A commentary by Catholic Relief Services’ Mike Gesker, posted in the Baltimore Sun, highlights the importance of U.S. food aid:
Sharing the bounty of America’s farms is a lifesaving tradition almost as old at the Republic itself….
In times of emergency, the U.S. government and the American people respond vigorously and generously. But food aid is not only about such short-term responses. Long term development work can help prevent or lessen the impact of these emergencies.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized this, foreshadowing what would become a crusade against hunger in a 1953 speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors….
Today, 60 years after the launch of Ike’s Food for Peace program, it is still bringing vital food to hungry children, women and men overseas. This is a testament to the hard work not just of U.S. farmers, but also business people, grain elevator operators, truck drivers, freight movers, port operators, as well as our federal government and relief agencies like Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services.