Bill O’Keefe, Catholic Relief Service’s Vice President for Advocacy, called for greater flexibility in U.S. government food aid spending in a recent appearance on Radio Maria’s Star of the Sea program.
Appearing on a program hosted by Fr. Sinclair Oube about food aid reforms proposed by the Obama administration, O’Keefe pointed out that a pilot program allowing the use of vouchers and local and regional purchase of food – instead of having it all shipped from the United States – resulted in food reaching people faster at a lower cost.
“We know it’s not a panacea,” O’Keefe said of the administration proposal. “But we support the spirit of the reforms because they are a step in the right direction.”
O’Keefe was joined on the program by Tony Munoz from Maritime Executive Magazine who opposes the changes.
Listen to the radio broadcast by clicking on the media player below.