Feeding America today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:
Statement attributable to Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America:
“In his State of the Union Address tonight, President Barack Obama spoke about income inequality and creating opportunity for all Americans.
“We believe that the best starting point for this goal is to ensure that every American has enough to eat.
“Sadly, this is not the state of our country today – 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.
“Feeding America calls on both parties, the President and the Congress to work together on important child nutrition legislation to ensure that all children have the food they need to learn, grow, and thrive in America.”
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.