More than 6.5 million American children live in food deserts. Making it possible for those children to get leafy greens, milk, juice and fresh fruit on their tables at home and experience food security will require still more education, innovation and effort on the part of many of the companies and organizations involved in the supply chain.
Think how 50,000 hungry Syrians in the besieged town of Al Waer must be feeling right now. They have just received their first food packages in months! They have been blocked from aid because of the ongoing civil war. Now who is WFP's largest donor in Syria to provide this life-saving food aid? It's the U.S. Food for Peace program.
I want my children, Max and Summer, to always appreciate what they have, but also to understand they have a role in helping our fellow citizens around the world to the basic need of food. I'd love for them to stumble upon this article and other hunger relief stories a decade from now and see that there is an end to world hunger.
Technology has developed unique and even easy ways to help people a world away. One of them is the free app Charity Miles.
We can definitely increase the resources for food aid programs, which are about less than one tenth of 1 percent of the federal budget. They can certainly be increased from this relatively tiny level of spending. Food is peace. Congress must remember this as it crafts the new budget in the coming months.