World Vision thanks U.S. House of Representatives for passing key hunger resolution

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Highlights

  • The legislation condemns the use of starvation as a weapon and supports a strong U.S. food security response

WASHINGTON (December 1, 2022) – Global humanitarian organization World Vision applauds the passage of House Resolution 922, Condemning the use of hunger as a weapon of war and recognizing the effect of conflict on global food security and famine. This piece of legislation draws critical attention to the ways in which conflict drives hunger, making children more vulnerable and keeping them from reaching their full, God-given potential.

H.Res.922, introduced by Representatives Sara Jacobs (D-CA), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Tracey Mann (R-KS), strongly condemns the use of starvation as a weapon, the destruction of agriculture assets, and the denial of humanitarian access in places of conflict. The resolution also outlines the ways in which the U.S. government can continue to address hunger through diplomatic efforts and humanitarian and development response.

“World Vision has worked with congressional champions and partners to move House Resolution 922 forward in the House, including by mobilizing our grassroots advocates,” stated World Vision President and CEO Edgar Sandoval Sr.  “We are grateful for these representatives’ leadership and for the strong bipartisan vote in the House that condemns the use of hunger as a weapon and supports food security interventions. Given the magnitude of the current hunger crisis, U.S. support for life-saving interventions as well as long-term multi-sectoral programming are needed now more than ever.”

Additional background:

  • In 2021, conflict was the primary driver of crisis levels of food insecurity for 139 million people in 24 countries and territories, up from 99.1 million people in 23 countries in 2020.
  • The number of children living in conflict zones continues to increase, with 453 million children — 1 in 6 — living in a conflict-affected country.
  • The effects of the Ukraine conflict are being felt worldwide, but they are not affecting people equally. The world’s most food-insecure populations, including refugees and internally displaced girls and boys, are hit hardest by the rise in the prices of basics like food, fuel and fertilizer.

The Senate passed a version of this resolution by unanimous consent in July. It is supported by the following organizations: 1,000 Days, Action Against Hunger, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Bread for the World, Caux Scholars Program, Center for Policy Analysis, Charity & Security Network , Concern Worldwide U.S., EIHR: Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, Food for the Hungry U.S., Friends Committee on National Legislation, Ghais Mediation & Facilitation, Islamic Relief USA, Medical Teams International, Mercy Corps, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Norwegian Refugee Council USA, Oxfam America, PartnersGlobal, Refugees International, Save the Children, The HALO Trust (USA), The Hunger Project, UNICEF USA, World Food Program USA, World Vision, and Young Adult Empowerment Initiatives

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit worldvision.org or follow on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.