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Nominate an Anti-Hunger Champion working at Home or Abroad

Hunger is not an abstract idea. It is a reality affecting the lives of millions of Americans every single day. And it hits our children particularly hard, with over 16 million kids in our country experiencing food insecurity each year. Internationally, nearly 1 billion people across the globe will go to bed hungry tonight and 200 million of them are children.  We can all play a role within our communities to ensure that no man, woman, or child faces hunger.

That is why I urge you to nominate extraordinary individuals in your community who are working to solve hunger for the White House Champions of Change: Alleviating Hunger at Home and Abroadprogram. Champions of Change seeks to highlight the stories of citizens across the country who are using  innovative community-based approaches to reduce hunger and ensure that all people have access to enough food, both in the United States and internationally.

What does a champion look like? A champion may be someone who is working to supply healthy food to underserved populations through a community garden or farmers market. They may be someone who is expanding access to and the quality of summer feeding programs in their community to ensure that children are getting the food they need to grow up healthy all year round. Or they may be someone who is running a nutrition education and cooking program for low-income Americans, helping them to stretch their food dollars and heighten their awareness of the connection between diet and health.

Champions can be working internationally too.  They can be serving communities working towards food security abroad, or pioneering programs that improve nutrition for mothers and children.  Champions may be in the lab, researching solutions to productivity barriers facing farmers or solutions to plant diseases.  Or they could be out in the field, working with farmers to increase their yields or build cooperatives to help get their food to market.

If you know someone working here or abroad who fits this description, please take the time to fill out our nomination form. Hunger is an issue we must address, but government cannot address it alone. Thanks to the champions in our neighborhoods and communities, progress is being made. These individuals deserve to be recognized for all of the great work that they do.

Please submit nominations for the champions in your community by midnight on Friday, June 29th by utilizing this form.

2 Responses to “Nominate an Anti-Hunger Champion working at Home or Abroad”

  1. Daniel Woerner says:

    I have worked for USDA FSIS as a Food Inspector, Food Technologist, & Consumer Safety Inspector in Texas for over 33 years working 147 different federal plants. In short, there is too much waste of edible food protein in many federally inspected plants where the plants simply self-condemn wholesome food such as chicken necks, livers, gizzards, & hearts to the tune of over 100,000# per day! Note: each wasted giblet set (neck, liver, heart, gizzard) weighs at least 8 ounces and an average sized plant slaughters 200,000 birds a day. These plants should be given incentives to salvages this edible food and distribute it all to the hungry around the world. Many poultry plants do not salvage the edible by-products or edible offal when they are only interested in the skeleton muscle  meat of the birds. They cut the neck and entire viscera off and let it go down the drain. Many plants slaughter a half a million birds a day so you can see how much waste this involves. Plants claim the labor is too much to salvage this edible food and no one wants the “A Grade bird with giblets” anymore.

    Maybe the plants could get tax breaks or incentives to save all this food for distribution. Maybe the food banks or world services organizations could come in and salvage the neck & giblets. A billion plus pounds dumped every day of edible food in the chicken plants alone! Similar issues we can discuss in beef, pork, turkey plants if we can talk or if you want more information on this. I believe that if the meat, poultry, and egg industries knew they could salvage this wholesome food, they would be happy to help out if the incentives were there for them. If somehow we could save this food, it would amount to millions of pounds a day for food banks, etc.

    There are many other similar issues of food waste that could be addressed to feed hungry people worldwide. Thank you.

  2. denise says:

    How about we charge them extra for their wastefulness in processing food and NOT allow that to be passed on to consumers or middleman. That would be an incentive. Rather than a tax on their earnings to buy their products to feed the hungry, let’s charge them for their lack of good sense to solve the public issues they are in business to do. If they are in business to feed people and make money, then they should feed people and save money. If they don’t feed people, then they pay money so that the public can feed the people–by buying beans, avacado, tofu, and nuts as a protein source. Why does business always need to be incentivized, but the people just expected to give of their meager time and treasure?

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