National Groups Launch Vote to End Hunger Campaign
October 13, 2015
Chris Ford, Media Relations Manager, Bread for the World
Top national nonprofits gathered today to launch a new campaign – Vote to End Hunger (VTEH) – during World Food Prize week at the Iowa Hunger Summit. The campaign will mobilize grassroots supporters and leaders to urge the 2016 presidential candidates to focus on ending hunger, alleviating poverty, and creating opportunity in the United States and around the world.
Hunger is a significant but solvable problem, both in the United States and internationally. Ending it requires leadership and a commitment from our president and Congress, say VTEH organizers.
In the U.S., 1 out of every 7 households – more than 48 million Americans – struggle to put food on the table. These numbers include 5.4 million seniors and 15 million children. Around the world, 795 million people experience hunger every day.
The impact of hunger reaches far beyond just those families and individuals who experience it. Hunger burdens our economy with lost productivity and increased, avoidable healthcare costs. It also has a devastating impact on the lives of children – our nation’s future. Hunger affects their brain development, making it harder for them to learn in school, and also puts them at risk of chronic health issues.
We have the resources to end hunger in the United States and around the world. But what we lack is the political will to do it. VTEH organizers plan to create that will during the election season by urging the 2016 presidential candidates to commit to making ending hunger and poverty a priority issue.
For more information visit www.votetoendhunger.org
Organizations supporting Vote to End Hunger include Alliance to End Hunger,
Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
“Throughout the world, countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Great Britain have made tremendous strides in reducing hunger. However, in the United States, we have seen little progress over the past several decades. That is because our nation has not made solving hunger a priority.
“We need to vote for leaders who care about ending hunger, so the next president and Congress will work together and solve it.”
Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund
“We know that the end of poverty and the end of hunger are possible. The question is if we will make them a political priority. Last month world leaders affirmed their commitment to ending extreme poverty globally by 2030, and we need the same commitment to the end of poverty in this country. As voters prepare to go to the polls, it’s time for candidates to get serious about turning the opportunity before us into a reality.”
Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Feeding America
“Far too many people in communities across America are struggling to feed their families and facing impossible choices between keeping their lights turned on, paying overdue health care bills, making their rent or buying groceries. Our national network of food banks is on the frontlines of the fight against hunger. We see every day the impact it has on our communities. We can end hunger, but it requires leadership and partnership between business, non-profits, individuals and government. The Vote to End Hunger campaign is about ensuring such leadership and making sure the 2016 Presidential candidates are talking about this critical issue and committing to make it a priority.”
Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director Emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger
“By working together as individuals and organizations, we will end hunger in our lifetimes. Vote to End Hunger will help our efforts in this regard.”
Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America
“The reality is one in six seniors living in America today might not know where their next meal is coming from, whether it is due to poverty, limited mobility or geographic isolation. When we vote to end hunger, we can ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable citizens are top-of-mind.”