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Wichita Eagle Oped: Food could be America’s greatest Christmas gift

On Christmas Eve night in 1947, President Harry Truman proudly talked about America’s most noble tradition: feeding the hungry. Truman said, “The great heart of the American people has been moved to compassion by the needs of those in other lands who are cold and hungry.”

Just days before, Truman signed legislation to provide food to European countries suffering in the aftermath of World War II.

Citizens donated as well, giving food to the Friendship Train, which collected goods for Europe. Hungry children in France would be having school lunches again because of America’s generosity.

As we celebrate the holidays, we should remember America’s great calling to help those in need whether at home or abroad.

See my guest column in the December 25 Wichita Eagle (page 7A) or online at Kansas.com

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Food for Peace aids earthquake victims in Ecuador

The United States Food for Peace program is coming to the aid of earthquake victims in Ecuador. An initial donation of half a million dollars is helping the UN World Food Programme feed those displaced by the 7.8 magnitude quake.

Food for Peace, which was started by President Dwight Eisenhower, is the main tool of the United States for feeding the hungry overseas. It’s run by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Food for Peace is the single biggest donor to the UN World Food Programme’s relief work in over 70 nations.

The earthquake has left hundreds dead and over 25,000 people displaced. With the destruction has come food shortages.

According to a United Nations appeal for Ecuador, “Loss of livelihoods and assets, as well as damage to roads and markets in rural areas, have reduced an estimated 518,000 people ́s access to food.” As many families in Ecuador were already living in poverty, there is little for them to fall back on after a disaster.

The first Food for Peace donation is providing high energy biscuits for quick nutrients to those left hungry by the quake. In addition, food vouchers will be provided to people in areas where markets are still open.

Food for Peace officers are still assessing the damage in Ecuador and this will determine additional donations. Many impoverished families will likely need support for the coming months. There could be significant damage to agriculture in the earthquake zone.

The World Food Programme says it plans to feed at least 260,000 people in the coming months. This number could change at anytime. The food distributions will include hospitals, where food shortages have been reported.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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U.S. Food for Peace donation saves refugees

The United Nations today announced a life-saving donation from the U.S. Food for Peace program. The US $ 2 million contribution will feed refugees in the African nation of Mauritania. The refugees had fled conflict in neighboring Mali.

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Ike’s Food for Peace to the Rescue in Syria

A program started by President Dwight Eisenhower is a lifeline today for Syria’s war victims. The U.S. Food for Peace initiative is feeding millions of hungry Syrians affected by the brutal civil war.

Last week, Food for Peace made a $65 million donation through the UN World Food Programme (WFP) for Syria. It came just in the nick of time. WFP was about to cut its food aid to Syrian refugees because of low funds. Even with the donation, WFP still cannot restore full rations, showing how much more needs to be done.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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This food is vital for Yemen’s children

When a UN World Food Programme (WFP) vessel recently docked in Aden, Yemen it came with a life-saving food item for children. The war in Yemen has placed children at risk of deadly malnutrition.

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Food for Peace reaches Aden, Yemen

The United States Food for Peace program is taking action to help war victims in Yemen. A UN-chartered ship carrying supplies from Food for Peace arrived last week in the port city of Aden.

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Marshall’s Speech and Winning the Peace

On June 5, 1947 America’s greatest peace adventure got started with a speech by Secretary of State George C. Marshall. It was a commencement address at Harvard University. It set in motion a masterful plan to rebuild Europe from the ashes of World War II.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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