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Heifer International works in partnership with and stands for the too-often voiceless poor around the world and is committed to doing all we can to help bring about the end to hunger and poverty and to ensure protection for the earth’s resources.

In coming weeks, the U.S. Congress is poised to vote on a budget that puts at risk critical humanitarian and development programs, such as USAID's forward-thinking Feed the Future, which save millions of lives every year.

This isn’t a question of charity; it’s an issue of life or death for millions of people—especially women and girls who produce most of the world’s food but suffer the greatest hunger and poverty and derive the fewest benefits.

Failing to fund these programs thoughtfully and responsibly threatens not only the health and welfare of hundreds of millions of families; it threatens the security of individuals and the world.

We encourage you to act, too, to take a stand for the poor, the hungry, to ask that America hold to its moral and humanitarian commitments.

Write a letter to or make an appointment with your local congressman or woman. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Host a community meeting at a school or library to energize others in this important conversation. Help give voice to those whose lives depend on America and others doing the right thing.

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Maegan Clark

Maegan Clark loves social media even more than Southern sweet tea. She is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialized study in public relations. Since working at Heifer, she has deepened her appreciation for the urgency with which we must end global hunger and poverty.