Regular access to healthy food is universally recognized as a fundamental human right. Yet because it isn't mentioned in the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights, food security for all Americans remains an afterthought in the creation of federal public policy.
Ask Congress to make food security a constitutional right for all Americans.
Food security and human rights have long gone hand in hand. In 1945, the U.S. signed onto the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which clearly states that "everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food."
By signing the U.N. declaration, our government has "talked the talk." But with 49 million Americans lacking sufficient food last year, it's clear that our legislators aren't backing up their commitment to food security with action.
Tell your members of Congress that consistent access to nutritious food isn't a luxury -- it's a necessity. Demand that they pass legislation making food security a constitutional right.
Photo credit: floodkoff
I believe that food security is an essential human right. The U.S. government agrees; in 1945, it signed on to the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly states that "everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food."
Yet last year, 49 million Americans lacked a sufficient amount of food. In the U.S., 1 in 4 children goes hungry on a regular basis. These statistics are unacceptable anywhere, especially in the world's richest nation. Yet they continue to worsen.
I encourage you to take the lead in ending domestic hunger by drafting a constitutional amendment that includes food security as a basic right for all Americans.
This is a bipartisan initiative, since Americans are going hungry across the nation in both red and blue states. And there's no political risk: who could logically argue that healthy food should remain a luxury for those who can afford it? And the benefits to ending food insecurity would be monumental, from minimizing obesity-related health care costs to improving children's academic performances.
Please make food security a constitutional right, and help end chronic hunger and malnourishment in America.
Thank you for your support.
Charlotte Hill started this petition with a single signature, and now has 365 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.