In the wake of World War II, the US launched an ambitious effort to help save lives by fighting the scourge of hunger. The idea was simple: take surplus US grain and send it to people in need around the world. Since then, US food aid has saved hundreds of millions of people from malnutrition and starvation.
Now, 60 years after the program was launched, it’s time for US food aid to be modernized. Millions of more lives could be saved simply by adding flexibility and efficiency to the program.
Chicago DSA’s Alex McLeese interviews Oxfam America’s Adam Olson on the fight to reform food aid.
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Adam Olson is Oxfam’s Regional Advocacy Lead and Advocacy Advisor for Illinois and neighboring states. Oxfam is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. Adam’s work focuses on breaking cycles of poverty through change in in public policy and private practice. He regularly collaborates with policymakers, allied organizations, community leaders, and academics. His work is entirely nonpartisan, and is not related to elections.
About Oxfam America
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 18 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change. Oxfam America is a nonpartisan organization, and works closely with members of all parties and backgrounds.
For More Information
- Oxfam America on food aid reform
- US Agency for International Development
- The Food for Peace Reform Act of 2015