Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate running for President. One of the reasons why is her experience with a critical issue that impacts every nation: hunger and malnutrition.
As Secretary of State Clinton showed leadership in fighting hunger, which is a major foreign policy objective of the United States. She helped start the Feed the Future initiative, which supports small farmers globally.
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You may not believe it, but this is what a Republican senator once said of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State: “She is dedicated to her job. She loves her country. She understands the issues. … More importantly I think she is a good role model for young people.”
These were the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) when introducing Clinton at an event on global hunger in 2012. Clinton thanked him joking, “We promised him that we would seize and erase all tapes of what he has just said,” in order to protect Graham’s career.
The issue of hunger is one where Clinton showed leadership and the ability to work with Republicans. This is more important than ever, with hunger escalating because of conflict around the globe.
Read my full commentary at The Hill
The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has. Governor Kasich has been praised by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks as “a true champion for our emergency hunger relief efforts.”
The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has.
Read the full article at The Huffington Post.
South Carolina is the next presidential primary (Feb.20) with debates taking place tonight for the Democrats and Saturday for the Republicans. One of the big issues facing the state is hunger, especially among children.
According to the latest data from Feeding America, just over 17 percent of the population of South Carolina struggles with hunger. Among children that number goes up to over 25 percent. Several counties have child hunger rates exceeding thirty percent.
The Harvest Hope Food Bank says many residents are struggling in poverty, having to make difficult choices between food and other vital services like utilities and education.
As the presidential candidates descend on the state, they need to talk about their plans for hunger relief for the poor. They will need to address what safety nets can be deployed to feed the hungry and what solutions can help lift the poor out of poverty.
There are many areas to improve in hunger relief. For example, only twenty percent of children in South Carolina who receive free lunches during the school year also receive them during the summer. So that is one of the gaps that has to be closed to help families. What about additional backpack programs with take home rations during the school year to fight hunger?
There are many short-term and long-term issues to deal with about hunger in South Carolina and other states. Hunger in America has dramatically escalated largely due to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. There is a long road to recovery and the next President will have to take on this issue.
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