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70+ NGOs urge Congress to fund humanitarian and food assistance programs in next supplemental

November 01, 2023

InterAction — the largest alliance of U.S.-based NGOs dedicated to implementing and advocating for U.S. humanitarian, health, development, and democracy programs—and its Members and partners wholeheartedly support the Administration’s recent request for more than $10 billion* in supplemental international humanitarian and food and nutrition assistance.

America has learned that if we do not act to support people in crisis, these situations can grow and require far more resources from the U.S. to contain the spread of instability. The request for $10 billion in resources signifies an investment that will yield substantial savings for American taxpayers in the future.

We urge Congress to quickly pass an emergency supplemental bill that reaffirms U.S. leadership for these urgent, lifesaving, resources to meet critical needs—like access to food, shelter, and safe water.

At the outset of this year, the world witnessed unprecedented levels of humanitarian need, with 360 million individuals requiring assistance—a 30% surge from the beginning of 2022. The conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have created an urgency for the humanitarian assistance outlined in the supplemental requests that cannot be overstated. These events have had global impacts on fuel and agricultural supply chains, serving as a hunger multiplier for the 783 million people facing chronic hunger around the world.

The United States has long demonstrated American values and protected American interests by providing humanitarian assistance in times of crisis. This legacy of support generates goodwill, helps secure new partnerships, and underscores U.S. global leadership.

We urge Congress to promptly approve supplementary funding, while also guaranteeing the allocation of resources for humanitarian assistance within the regular FY24 appropriations. This is paramount for bolstering global humanitarian initiatives, strengthening food security, and fortifying resilience programs. These initiatives not only preserve lives but also reinforce U.S. global leadership, fostering stability and prosperity on both the domestic and international fronts.

The following organizations signed on to the above statement:

  • Action Against Hunger
  • ADRA International
  • Alight
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • Alliance to End Hunger
  • AME-SADA, INC.
  • American Jewish World Service
  • American Red Cross
  • Americares
  • Anera
  • AVSI-USA
  • Basic Education Coalition
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Better World Campaign
  • Blumont
  • Bread for the World
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • CARE
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • ChildFund International
  • Church World Service
  • Concern Worldwide U.S.
  • Congressional Hunger Center
  • Corus International
  • Doctors of the World USA
  • FHI 360
  • First Focus on Children
  • Food for the Hungry
  • Global Communities
  • Global Emergency Relief Recovery & Reconstruction
  • Global Health Council
  • GOAL USA
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • Heartland Alliance International (HAI)
  • Helen Keller Intl
  • HelpAge USA
  • HIAS
  • Humanity & Inclusion
  • iMMAP Inc.
  • InterAction
  • International Medical Corps
  • International Rescue Committee
  • International Youth Foundation
  • Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
  • MedGlobal inc.
  • Medical Teams International
  • Mercy Corps
  • Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) USA
  • ONE Campaign
  • Oxfam America
  • Physicians for Peace
  • Plan International USA
  • Plant With Purpose
  • Project HOPE
  • Refugees International
  • Relief International
  • RESULTS
  • RTI International
  • Save the Children
  • Syrian American Medical Society
  • The Hunger Project
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • UNICEF USA
  • United Mission For Relief and Development (UMR)
  • Water for South Sudan, Inc.
  • WaterAid
  • Women’s Refugee Commission
  • World Food Program USA
  • World Institute on Disability
  • World Learning
  • World Renew
  • World Vision

* This includes humanitarian resources outlines in both the national security and domestic supplemental requests.