Navy League of the United States


Fund Food for Peace!

The Issue
The Food for Peace food aid program is one of our most important cargo preference programs. It creates quality jobs for American mariners during peacetime, provides an efficient and cost-effective means of maintaining essential national defense sealift readiness capability, and it serves as a transparent, reliable, and time-tested tool for fulfilling America’s diplomatic and humanitarian objectives. The fiscal year 2020 budget request zeroes out funding and eliminates this vital program entirely after the cargo preference requirement was reduced from 75% to 50% in 2012.

The Solution
The Navy League is urging Congress to maintain at least the $1.72 billion in FY2019 funding levels for Food for Peace, and ensure at least 75% of U.S. sourced products are transported on U.S.-flag ships.

The 75% requirement for U.S.-flag ships will strengthen the U.S.-flag merchant marine fleet. Cargo preference programs like Food for Peace are crucial to ensuring the health of the ocean-going U.S.-flag fleet and ensures a well-trained pool of American mariners. The U.S.-flag Merchant Marine is a valuable national asset; the Department of Defense has repeatedly stated that this public-private partnership would cost billions of dollars to replicate.

Why you should take action
The Administration eliminated funding for Food for Peace in the President’s 2020 Budget request, and a coalition of groups is working to eliminate any cargo preference requirements from the program even if it is funded.

Click here to add your voice in support of Food for Peace, the U.S.-flag fleet, and American mariner jobs.