World Food Program USA Commends Passage of Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (December 27, 2022)—World Food Program USA commends the passage of $1.7 trillion Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This bill provides robust support for the International Affairs Budget and continues the legacy of American leadership as the world’s largest provider of international food assistance. Specifically, this FY23 spending bill provides strong funding for the Food for Peace (Title II) commodities program, cash-based assistance through the International Disaster Assistance account and support for international school meals through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.
While World Food Program USA welcomes the significant funding provided by Congress through this spending bill, needs will only continue to rise in the coming years. Conflict, climate change and the threat of a global recession have already pushed global hunger to record levels. So far, famine has been largely contained thanks to considerable emergency funding provided by the United States beyond regular appropriations. It is vital that the appropriations process returns to regular order in the 118th Congress, that base funding for key international food assistance accounts are grown and that Congress continues to provide emergency supplemental funding as new needs arise.
Since the 1950s, the United States has provided lifesaving humanitarian aid to organizations like the UN World Food Programme, reaching billions of vulnerable people suffering from life-threatening hunger. The United States has long invested in these international food assistance programs because they are morally right, economically smart and in the best interest of the United States’ own national security. World Food Program USA stands ready to work with the new Congress to ensure this legacy continues and that the United States maintains its mantle as the global leader in the fight against hunger.
About World Food Program USA
World Food Program USA, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme by mobilizing American policymakers, businesses and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. To learn more about World Food Program USA’s mission, please visit wfpusa.org/mission-history.