A New Year Message from Tony Hall and Rebecca Middleton
January 15, 2015
Dear Friends –
Happy New Year! We hope that you had an enjoyable holiday season. As 2015 gets underway, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for what we did together in 2014 and make you aware of the exciting plans the Alliance has for the year ahead.
In 2014 we welcomed nearly a dozen new members to our coalition—bringing an ever-increasing variety of perspectives and expertise on both domestic and international hunger issues. The continued leadership by our members has brought insight and energy to important aspects of the hunger issue, especially through our combined advocacy efforts. Our campaign with ProMedica continues to convene healthcare and domestic food security stakeholders with policy makers to shine light on the connection between hunger and health in the United States. In addition to the Come to the Table National Summit in Washington, DC, we co-hosted regional summits in Chicago and Atlanta in 2014, with plans to continue the series in 2015. Other events with member organizations have helped to educate Congress and other leaders on various strategies and practices to realize a path to a hunger-free world—from eliminating post-harvest loss, to promoting sustainable production of animal protein, to responsible application of science and technology in agriculture. We were able to further spread our message through a multitude of prominent conferences and summits including the World Food Prize, Iowa Hunger Summit, National FFA Convention, World Food Day, and the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit, to name just a few.
Looking ahead to 2015, our Advocacy Committee will continue to lead efforts to illuminate connections between hunger and other priority policy issues such as health, agriculture, and national security. Additionally, we are planning collaborative efforts with members around the issues of trade, youth engagement, and cross-generational hunger issues. While our overarching advocacy strategy is the long-term building of champions against hunger in Congress, there are also conversations around specific pieces of legislation in which we will continue to engage in 2015, including Child Nutrition Reauthorization and the Global Food Security Act.
Our programmatic work also witnessed significant progress in 2014. The National Alliance Partnership Program has partnered our US Alliance with National Alliances in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Through the initiative—funded by a USAID grant under Feed the Future—these civil society coalitions have been making progress in enhancing their capacities to engage in food security, nutrition, and agricultural development policy processes. This initiative is in the process of expanding to four additional countries in 2015—three in sub-Saharan Africa and one in the Latin America/Caribbean region. On the domestic side, the Hunger Free Communities initiative held a national summit in Washington, DC. The summit brought together leaders from across the nation to discuss best practices for eliminating hunger locally. Based off of encouraging discussions with many of these leaders, the HFC initiative has been going through an exciting planning process to make an even larger, stronger, and more coordinated network to fight hunger in the United States in 2015 and beyond
We are proud of what we have accomplished as an Alliance in 2014, and are excited to work with our members and partners in the year ahead.
Our Very Best,
Executive Director Emeritus
Alliance to End Hunger
Chief Operating Officer
Alliance to End Hunger