Alliance to End Hunger Membership and Board Meetings: Special Guest, Gov. David Beasley
March 22, 2017
Jennifer Simpson, Alliance to End Hunger
Editor’s note: the UN Secretary General’s office announced the appointment of Gov. David Beasley as Executive Director of the World Food Program on March 29. Read the Alliance to End Hunger statement here.
On March 9th, the Alliance to End Hunger hosted its semi-annual Membership and Board Meetings in Washington, DC. Over 60 members and friends gathered to collaborate and strategize around the shared vision to end hunger in the U.S. and abroad. The Alliance was joined by special guest Governor David Beasley (former governor of South Carolina, 1995-1999), who was recently nominated for the post of Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme.
Gov. Beasley served as a key advisor to then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign and offered Alliance members valuable insight on the most effective avenues to reach the new administration in the name of hungry people. “Ending hunger is the greatest counter-terrorism effort in the world”, declared Beasley. He noted the imperative to provide President Trump with solid facts which not only demonstrate that expenditures for the most vulnerable should not be reduced, but also reflect the value that increasing support to these programs could provide to our nation. Gov. Beasley is passionate that organizations need to reevaluate strategies and collaborate now more than ever considering current worldwide catastrophes— “we are front and center, facing the most difficult issues in the world.”
Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger and former ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture, stated, “Gov. Beasley has the ‘heart and mind’ that he himself says our leaders must possess for this kind of work. If appointed, he will be a true partner and friend in the fight against hunger.”
The Alliance welcomed new sponsoring members Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) and Youth Young Adult Fellowship Alliance (YYAFA). Additionally, GIVN Goods, Alliance for Food & Health (AFH), and Willow’s Dream were welcomed under the newly-launched Start-Up Program—a membership option for entrepreneurial individuals and start-up organizations seeking to make an impact on hunger in their communities and around the world.
Thought leaders Stacy Dean (Vice President for Food Assistance Policy, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities); Marilyn Shapley (former Policy & Advocacy Manager, InterAction); and Eric Mitchell (Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World) comprised a panel discussion to identify and prepare for challenges and opportunities in the upcoming Farm Bill Reauthorization, and opened conversation for the coalition’s shared vision for the work in the year ahead under the new administration.
The remarks of the panelists and Gov. Beasley provided a strong foundation upon which organizational and individual members convened in working groups to develop key messaging and identify critical targets for 2017 advocacy efforts. The Alliance to End Hunger continues to build the public and political will to end hunger not only by 2030, but in this generation.
The next Alliance to End Hunger Annual and Board Meetings will be held on October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC.