President Trump, in his 2018 State of the Union, can make a powerful statement for feeding the hungry. The president can set the tone for the whole year in taking action against hunger at home and abroad.
With famine threatening Yemen, South Sudan, the Congo, Nigeria and Somalia the leadership of the United States is desperately needed. History shows we can rise to the occasion.
When President Harry Truman made his 1946 State of the Union, a gathering storm of famine was looming over Europe. That continent was still reeling from the destruction of World War II. Hunger was everywhere. In his address, delivered in writing to Congress, Truman said “It is imperative that we give all necessary aid within our means to the people who have borne the ravages of war.”
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.
Secretary of State George Marshall speaking before Congress on November 10, 1947 about the Interim Aid program. Food for the hungry was a critical aspect of this program which preceded the Marshall Plan. See the video on YouTube.
College undergraduate (3rd or 4th year) and graduate students have a unique opportunity to join the fight against world hunger. They can earn a chance to work with leaders from government, business and charities.
Ando Island, a village in the Philippines, has been through two devastating storms in the last year. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst ever, struck last year. Just this week, Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) brought more high winds and torrential rain.
On Tuesday, some help came their way. A boat arrived from the Department of Social Welfare and Development with relief supplies. There were 205 family food packs distributed.
Inside each one was rice, coffee/cereal drink, noodles, sardines and corned beef. And a bit of hope. Wilfredo Castillo, the Barangay Councilor of Ando Island said,
We are happy because we received relief goods. This is a great help to us here in the island.”
Typhoon Hagupit is finally gone from the Philippines. What’s left is reconstruction and uncertainty for those who suffered damage. Almost 50,000 homes were either destroyed or partially damaged by the storm. Fisherman and farmers have sustained damage to their livelihoods.
There is much work to be done in recovering. For now, the effort is on making sure emergency relief gets to storm victims.
Ando Island is part of the city of Borongan. The Philippines government says 12,891 food packs have been distributed to all 61 villages in the city.