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Defeating hunger at home and abroad is vital to our security as a nation. Food insecurity weakens our communities and has a negative impact on children’s health and education. As President Harry Truman said, “no nation is any healthier than its children.”
See my letter in the Des Moines Register.
World Refugee Day (June 20) is a call to action to help millions of innocent civilians displaced by war. The UN Refugee Agency says 59.5 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution. We have not seen these numbers of refugees since World War II.
Read the full article at The Huffington Post.
Last month on the Huffington Post I wrote a feature on a unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration started by University of Rhode Island students. Their idea was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but to use the event to feed malnourished children across the globe.
The students, (Sergio Suhett ’15, Kylie Rice ’15, David St. Amant ’16, Kimberly DeLande ’15), called the event Make Your Green Count. They teamed up with Edesia, a non-profit in Providence which produces Plumpy’Nut.
The Plumpy’Nut is a vitamin enriched peanut paste used to treat children suffering from malnutrition. Children in disaster or poverty areas, or war zones, often cannot access food. This tragedy unfolds every day across the globe.
Plumpy’Nut is used to rescue these children from malnutrition, which can cause lasting physical or mental damage, or death. The Plumpy’Nut is a life-saver for children in developing countries.
The fundraising by the URI students, which goes to Edesia, so far has raised close to $5,000. According to Edesia, that is enough to feed 85 children the life-saving treatment of Plumpy’Nut.
The Make Your Green Count fundraising page is at Crowdrise. They are still accepting donations.
Read the article at Examiner.