Almost one billion people around the world suffer from hunger, while nearly two billion are undernourished.
Recently, Senator Blanche Lincoln introduced the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to end childhood hunger and tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity in the U.S. Still, the Global Food Security Act has been on the floor for almost a year, and has not yet been passed.
Now is the time to tell Congress that a global hunger bill should be debated side-by-side with this important domestic bill. Let's help ensure that all children, not just American children, are able to access a healthy meal each day.
Given Senator Blanche Lincoln's recent introduction of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, our thoughts are on the issue of hunger. Not just hunger in America though - hunger around the world.
In February 2009, Senators Richard Lugar and Robert Casey introduced the Global Food Security Act to increase funding for agricultural development. Then in June 2009, Representative Betty McCollum and Representatives Donald Payne and Jo Ann Emerson introduced a version of the Global Food Security Act in the House. This bill would authorize long-term rural development and poverty alleviation, promote agricultural research and higher education, establish a White House coordinator to develop a global food security strategy and create an emergency fund to improve U.S. emergency response to food crises.
I would like for you to vocalize your support for the Global Food Security Act, helping to move this piece of legislation forward. With nearly one billion people in the world suffering from hunger, we in the United States should do everything in our power to ensure not only that no American child goes hungry, but that no child anywhere in this world wakes up every day with a grumbling belly.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
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