Office of Food for Peace


On July 10, 1954, President Eisenhower signed into law the legislation that would eventually become known as the Food for Peace Act. As a result, the Food for Peace program has been bringing help and hope to the far reaches of the world for 60 years - reaching more than 3 billion hungry people since its inception. This video celebrates the 60 years of Food for Peace's work, and looks to the future of food assistance.


The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) works to reduce hunger and malnutrition and ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient food for a healthy and productive life.  By monitoring regional food insecurity, FFP can work with field-based partners using various program tools and approaches to save lives, tackle chronic undernutrition and help the most vulnerable break the cycle of poverty and hunger. FFP’s programs bring together relief and development efforts so that humanitarian assistance contributes to the long-term benefits for local populations even as we save lives.  

Our Work

FFP provides emergency food assistance to those affected by conflict and natural disasters and provides development food assistance to address the underlying causes of hunger.  FFP’s programs cover a broad array of activities designed to help communities build their resilience so they can prevent or mitigate shocks, make sure they have food during a crisis and provide them the tools to recover and build the foundation for their long-term development. Our goal remains constant:  to minimize hunger in the world so that people everywhere can enjoy active and productive lives and ultimately, to ensure that one day no one needs food assistance.

Food for Peace: Voices from the Field

See the impact FFP has made on individual lives through our latest publication. 

Emergency Programs

FFP’s emergency programs aim to maintain or improve the nutritional status of vulnerable groups to save lives, reduce suffering and lessen the impact of shocks on overall food security.  During an emergency response, FFP uses in-kind food aid, locally or regionally procured food, cash transfers or food vouchers to ensure communities have access to food.  The type of response depends on conditions on the ground and what the best tools are for reaching people as quickly as possible for maximum impact.

FFP has assisted more than 57 million people in 41 countries experiencing crises.  FFP meets their immediate food needs and sows the seeds for community recovery through interventions that help communities rebuild livelihoods and better prepare for future shocks.

Development Programs

FFP provides development food assistance to target the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition.  These programs aim to reduce chronic malnutrition among children under five and pregnant or lactating women, increase and diversify household income and strengthen and diversify agricultural production and productivity to build resilience and reduce the need for food assistance.

Here are some examples of the impact FFP’s programs are having every day:

  • In Haiti, stunting prevalence dropped by 16 percent compared to control areas.

  • In Bangladesh, child stunting was reduced by 30 percent and checkups during pregnancy increased from 13 to 84 percent.

  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, communities and FFP partners repaired 16 kilometers of irrigation canal and 27 kilometers of feeder road, allowing an increase from one to three crop cycles per year. Agriculture co-operative members increased their median annual incomes by 42 percent.

  • In Ethiopia, average household asset values increased 20 percent in areas receiving USAID funding.

Nutritional Support Programs

The International Food Relief Partnership (IFRP) provides small grants to predominately faith-based groups to distribute ready-to-use supplementary food and dried soup mix in primarily institutional settings such as health clinics, schools and community centers.  Through these programs, more than 300,000 individuals – including orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly, and others – have received supplementary food designed to address food insecurity.  

Career Opportunities

The Office of Food for Peace is always looking for highly motivated, creative and experienced individuals to work for our office. Please visit to learn about current opportunities.

FFP is also looking for interns to support its Program Operations Division working as Administrative Program Assistants in the Washington, DC headquarters location. Depending on space available, FFP may bring on one intern or more. Interns can expect to have a substantive and rewarding experience as part of the DCHA/FFP team - once on board, interns are treated as full staff members and are expected to perform as such. You can visit the USAID student intern website.


For more information on the Office of Food for Peace, contact Jessica Hartl at (202) 712-4039 or

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Last updated: October 27, 2015

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