Humanitarian Response to Emergencies
When disaster strikes, hunger often follows. Emergencies include natural disasters and disease outbreaks, or result from climate or economic conditions that slowly build to a breaking point such as food shortages, droughts, and conflict. These emergencies often have disastrous side effects including refugee crises and gender-based violence. Emergency situations can quickly go from bad to worse if the global community does not respond quickly enough to prevent starvation, poor health, and extreme poverty.
Bread advocates for the U.S. government to respond to urgent needs and protect the hungry and malnourished. For decades, the U.S. has lead compassionate responses to emergencies across the world, saving lives and preventing millions of people from falling into hunger and poverty. The federal government provides immediate cash and food assistance, health and sanitation items, and supplies to help communities rebuild. It also funds programs such as education, job training, and counseling services to help refugees adjust and find stability in an unfamiliar environment.
The U.S. government and nonprofit organizations that respond to these crises recognize the importance of linking short-term emergency response and long-term development assistance. The world has seen immense progress in recent decades including once weak economies growing stronger, and people moving from hunger and poverty into more stable lives. However, these hard-won gains can deteriorate quickly in humanitarian emergencies, especially if the global community responds slowly or not at all. That’s why Bread advocates for the funding that allows smart, compassionate responses to those at the center of disaster.
For more information, see how Bread is advocating to reform U.S. food aid to make it more effective and less expensive, and to strengthen foreign assistance to build stronger communities.