Regarding the Feb. 28 news article “Aid delivery fails during cease-fire in Syria”:
President Trump and Congress need to keep the pressure on Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to allow humanitarian aid for all Syrian civilians.
But the United States must also fund humanitarian relief so aid will continue. The funding for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Food for Peace program is way too low considering the humanitarian emergency in Syria and many other countries. Yemen, Somalia and northeast Nigeria are all on the brink of famine. Ethiopia and others also are in desperate need of food aid.
Congress should increase Food for Peace funding to at least $3 billion a year, from nearly $1.5 billion last fiscal year. Funding for the McGovern-Dole global school lunch program should be raised to at least $300 million a year, from $201 million last fiscal year . We need to provide school meals to hungry children everywhere.
After World War II, we responded to the hunger crisis overseas by increasing food aid. Today we must do the same. Food is the most important tool for peace and stability.
William Lambers, Cincinnati
The writer partnered with the U.N. World Food Program on the book “Ending World Hunger.”