Woman from Uganda holds a dish of grilled bread
Josephine participates in a youth vocational training initiative through a Catholic Relief Services program funded by U.S. international assistance. Photo by Will Baxter/CRS

Your voice is needed more than ever to protect lifesaving international assistance!

As people of faith, we are called to uphold human dignity and build a more peaceful and just world. U.S. international aid provides lifesaving food assistance in emergencies and supports long-term development programs that help communities build resilience for the future. 

Congress has traditionally supported international humanitarian and development funding in the past, but important development assistance and food aid was cut in the federal budget for fiscal year 2024.

It is even more essential that lawmakers know you care about helping our global family experiencing poverty, conflict, hunger and the effects of climate change.

Email your U.S. members of Congress and tell them to increase international poverty-reducing humanitarian and development assistance in the fiscal year 2025 federal budget. 

By lifting your voice today, you help: 

•    Families and children access emergency food aid during a crisis.
•    Smallholder farmers improve their crops so that they can earn a living and feed their families.
•    Communities strengthen their capacity and ability to provide for their own needs. 

Thank you for advocating on behalf of our sisters and brothers experiencing poverty! Together, our collective voices can make a greater impact on policies that support the common good.

Did you know? Research shows that constituents’ voices have significant influence on congressional members’ decision-making, especially when communications are personalized—like sharing a story or demonstrating the impact an issue will have in the district or state.  Don’t forget to personalize your message!