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Bipartisan Group of Senators Highlight Extreme Food Insecurity on World Food Day 2020

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October 16, 2020

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) joined Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to celebrate World Food Day and recommit to fighting hunger in the face of unprecedented levels of hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators are the sponsors of Senate Resolution 365, which designated October 16, 2020 as World Food Day and passed the Senate unanimously last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the global hunger crisis, with the United Nations estimating that rising food costs and widespread unemployment could push an additional 130 million people into chronic hunger by 2020. Even before the pandemic, nearly 700 million people suffered from hunger. 

“As co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, I am proud to have joined my colleagues in support of this resolution. Observing this day raises awareness of America’s important efforts to stamp out world hunger,” said Boozman.“Eliminating hunger at home and abroad takes U.S. leadership. That is why the Senate Hunger Caucus not only seeks to find vehicles to bring focus to the plight of those suffering from food insecurity, but solutions that bring upon meaningful change as well. There is a great deal of work to be done, but the theme of this year’s World Food Day serves as a guide as we work to achieve that goal.”

“At home and abroad, we’ve seen a sharp rise in food insecurity during the pandemic. I’m grateful for the work of so many in Delaware – from our farmers, to school lunch workers, to folks working in food pantries and nonprofits – who are helping provide food to families who need it most,” said Coons. “I will continue fighting for resources for the programs that are providing emergency assistance to our world’s most vulnerable populations, and that support resiliency in our food and agricultural systems.”  

“The call to feed the world has been answered by so many Kansans, who are taught at a young age that it is our duty to help those in need,” said Moran. “Today on World Food Day 2020, we are reminded of our responsibility to help those in need in our own communities and in towns, cities and villages all around the world. As the co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus, I believe that fighting hunger is not only the morally right thing to do; it is also the smart thing to do both for Kansas producers and for global security.” 

Each year, the United States joins 150 other countries and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in celebrating World Food Day to promote global awareness and action for all who suffer from malnutrition. This year also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the FAO, established in Hot Springs, Virginia on October 16, 1945.

To learn more about what actions you can take to promote better resilient food systems and healthy diets for all, please visit http://www.fao.org/world-food-day

Original article source: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2020/10/bipartisan-group-of-senators-highlight-extreme-food-insecurity-on-world-food-day-2020 | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

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