Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, today honors the memory of Senator George McGovern, one of the most prominent leaders of the anti-hunger movement in this country throughout his long life of public service. Senator McGovern died yesterday at the age of 90.
We are also honored the Senator's family is asking that donations be made to Feeding South Dakota, a member of the Feeding America network, in his memory. The gesture is another sign of Sen. McGovern's support of those in our communities who may be struggling with hunger.
"We have lost a true champion for social justice," said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America."Senator McGovern dedicated much of his career to advocating for low-income Americans who struggle with hunger."
McGovern played many important roles in the anti-hunger movement. Before becoming a U.S. senator from South Dakota, McGovern served the Kennedy administration as director of the U.S. Food for Peace program. After his career in the U.S. Senate, he was U.S. Ambassador to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization during the Clinton administration. He later served as the UN's international emissary on hunger.
"Senator McGovern believed that we have a 'moral imperative' to end hunger, both in the United States and throughout the world. He was a dedicated visionary and his passion and commitment will continue to inspire our work at Feeding America," Knott said.
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