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Newsweek oped: Elon Musk, Billionaires Can Save Lives by Donating to Fight Hunger

David Beasley, the U.N. World Food Program director, is right to challenge billionaire Elon Musk and others to donate to fight world hunger. Beasley has been pleading for the help of billionaires all year and recently Elon Musk responded on Twitter.

What Musk should realize is that donating to feed the hungry saves lives and helps build world peace. And help is needed now more than ever. Conflict, climate change and the pandemic have led to the biggest hunger crisis since the World War II era.

What did we do back then? We fed the hungry, including a heroic airlift that saved millions in the Netherlands. We also took action when famine threatened hundreds of millions in the aftermath of the war. Citizens, including the wealthy, responded to the challenge.

see my full commentary at Newsweek Magazine.

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Plumpy’Nut needed in Northern Syria

The food Plumpy’Nut is desperately needed for hungry children in northern Syria, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

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My Des Moines Register Letter on Hunger as Campaign Issue

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.

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This food is vital for Yemen’s children

When a UN World Food Programme (WFP) vessel recently docked in Aden, Yemen it came with a life-saving food item for children. The war in Yemen has placed children at risk of deadly malnutrition.

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UNICEF gives warning on Yemen

There is more alarming news coming from war-torn Yemen. UNICEF, the children’s relief agency, says that deadly malnutrition is escalating very quickly.

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Take Action and Help World’s Refugees

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.

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The hungry are not just a statistic

There are over 20 million people in war-torn Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, South Sudan and Syria who are at risk of starvation. But as Ertharin Cousin, the director of the UN World Food Programme, reminds us the hungry are not just statistics.

See my latest commentary at Examiner.

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URI students save the lives of 85 children and counting

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Cyclone Pam causes a food crisis

Cyclone Pam has caused major damage to food supplies in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific.

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Students Think Plumpy’Nut Challenge Can Match Ice Bucket

We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from last summer and its amazing success, raising money for research to cure ALS. What if that same spirit could be used to save children from starvation around the world?

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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