CRS Joins Major Relief Groups in Call for Food Aid Reform

April 9, 2013 by

Statement of Principles Released in Anticipation of Administration Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2013 – Catholic Relief Services has joined other major humanitarian organizations in calling for constructive reforms in the United States’ food aid policy that insure a continuation of our nation’s historic support of the poor around the world.

The joint statement comes as President Barack Obama releases his federal budget that is expected to include changes in U.S. food aid.

“We certainly support any efforts to make U.S. food aid more efficient and expand its reach,” said Bill O’Keefe, CRS’ Vice President for Advocacy. “But we must make certain that in changing the system we do not damage it but improve it.”

CRS was joined by Mercy Corps, World Vision, Save the Children, CARE and InterAction in signing the statement of principles.

Read the joint news release and the full text of the document signed by the six organizations.

Sean Callahan, CRS Chief Operating Officer, will be on a panel discussing proposed food aid reforms at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on April 10. The discussion will follow remarks by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. The agency provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries and territories based on need, regardless of race, nationality or creed. For more information, please visit or

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