Reverse Hunger is American Jewish World Service’s campaign to reform U.S. food and agricultural policies to better address the crisis of global hunger.
While U.S. food aid saves millions of lives, it's a flawed system. Current law requires that our government ship the majority of our food aid from the U.S., which means that it can take months to reach people who need it. And since we buy almost none of the food from farmers in the countries we're helping, our aid often undercuts local prices and even puts local farms out of business.
We can do better: Recent research by AJWS and Oxfam estimates that U.S. food aid could feed up to 17 million more people on the same budget if we had the flexibility to buy some of the food locally or to distribute vouchers that people can use in local markets. These reforms would not only get life-saving assistance to those in need, but also improve communities’ ability to feed themselves in the long-term.
Our goal is in sight, but we’ve still got a ways to go. Join us in reversing hunger!