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Letter Signed by Democrats and Republicans Calling for Increased McGovern-Dole Funding

A group House members recently signed a letter recently calling for increased funding for McGovern-Dole global school lunch program. This is critical especially with the number of hunger emergencies around the world.

Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Stee Watkings (R-KS) led the initiative which includes about 100 members including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Hopefully the w whole congress will support the increased funding. Here is a copy of the letter and all the signatories.

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Newsweek Oped on Halloween and Feeding the Hungry

The National Retail Federation says Halloween spending on candy and costumes will reach 9.1 billion this year.

To put that in perspective, the U.S. Food for Peace program, which fights world hunger, normally gets around 1.5 billion in funding a year.

The U.S. McGovern-Dole program, which feeds hungry school children overseas, might get 200 million a year from Congress.

Now imagine if even just a portion of that 9.1 billion from Halloween went to feed the hungry. The ghost of Halloween’s past tells us it can.

See my full commentary at Newsweek.

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Video: Ending Child Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World

The short film, Ending Child Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World, is a call to action to end the hunger that afflicts 300 million children worldwide. The United States, building upon its tradition of fighting hunger, can lead the international community in making sure every child can receive a school lunch. See the video on YouTube.

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McGovern-Dole helping children in Guatemala

A program named after former senators Bob Dole and George McGovern is feeding children all around the globe.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Special delivery of food for children in Guatemala

Many families are struggling in Guatemala. Poverty has worsened because of the coffee rust. This is a fungus which infects and destroys coffee leaves. Small farmers are not able to grow as much of the staple crop. Their incomes are lower, and this is very difficult considering the already existing poverty levels.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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USDA kicks off drive for school meals worldwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced a series of grants for school feeding in ten different countries. It’s part of an effort inspired by former Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole.

Read the full article at Examiner.com

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USDA announces McGovern-Dole school lunch grants

Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced grants that will provide school meals around the world. These grants are from the McGovern-Dole international school meals program.

Read the full article at Examiner.com

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Haiti losing key funding for school meals

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it’s losing funding for its school meals program in Haiti. WFP is the leading organization fighting hunger in Haiti and almost 70 other countries.

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You Can Help McGovern-Dole School Meals Campaign

The presidential campaigns of former senators George McGovern (1972) and Bob Dole (1996) have long taken residence in the history books. However, one campaign they started continues even after McGovern’s passing. It’s fighting world hunger by providing school meals to hungry children.

You can help this campaign by asking Congress to support the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program. This initiative, run by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, provides school meals to hungry children around the world.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

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Dole Reminds Us How Dems-Reps Can Work Together Against Hunger

biden_dole_3_0Former Senator Bob Dole received the George McGovern Leadership Award this week for his efforts to fight world hunger. Vice President Biden presented him the award at a ceremony hosted by the World Food Program U.S.A. in Washington, D.C.

Dole reminds us how Democrats and Republicans can actually work together, something they hardly ever do now. Dole formed a great partnership with former Senator George McGovern and the result was policies and programs that fed millions of children.

Biden said of Dole: “I think he exposed, for the first time, the long-term consequences of children not having the right nutrition.”

Dole served with the U.S. military in World War II in Italy. Incidentally, this was one of the countries that benefited from millions of school meals from the United States, both during and after the war.

U.S. Army and relief officials discussed plans on how distributing food at Italian schools would fight hunger and boost class attendance at the same time.

The Greatest Generation understood how important food and nutrition was not just for the U.S. but for overseas. They understood its importance for peace. McGovern and Dole were two of the leaders that emerged from this generation. A global school lunch program is named after them. The duo won the World Food Prize in 2008 for their teamwork against hunger.

The McGovern-Dole Food for Education program is currently feeding children in conflict-torn Mali, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries. The program funds the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children and other aid agencies who distribute the meals. McGovern-Dole is also part of the Farm Bill, a legislation where Democrats and Republicans are not seeing eye to eye.

No agreement is likely this year on the Farm Bill, which decides funding for nutrition programs both here and overseas. It’s a critical piece of legislation in the fight against hunger. The U.S. Food for Peace program is part of the Farm Bill. Food for Peace is the largest supporter of WFP, which feeds the hungry in over seventy countries.

This impasse in D.C. is the last thing we need with hunger escalating at home. Overseas, wars and disasters in Syria, the Philippines, the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan and many other countries is creating hunger emergencies. Aid groups are unable to keep up.

If the U.S. Congress does not pass legislation supporting international food aid, then hunger and chaos will worsen overseas.

As Congress works on the Farm Bill they need to capture the approach of Dole and his generation. They need to take action against hunger and do so in a bipartisan approach. Congress should support domestic and international food aid on the Farm Bill.

Dole said when receiving his award: ” It should be our aspiration to aim higher and to strive harder to make the world a better place for millions of hungry children around the world.”

originally published at the Huffington Post

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