Vote to End Hunger, the broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030 announced today that more than 120 national and community-based anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and faith-based advocacy organizations, businesses, foundations, and universities have signed on as partners of the thriving coalition.
Vote to End Hunger is a nationwide nonpartisan coalition using the 2016 election process to make hunger, poverty, and opportunity higher political priorities so that the next President and Congress take action that will put our nation and the world on track to end hunger by 2030. With 48.1 million Americans living in food-insecure households and approximately 795 million chronically hungry people in the world, Vote to End Hunger believes the 2016 election presents an ideal opportunity to move our nation and world in the direction of ending hunger for good.
“Ending hunger, reducing poverty and ensuring opportunity in the United States and across the globe is certainly achievable,” said Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Feeding America, one of Vote to End Hunger’s founding partners. “We have the resources; we just need to create the political will and bipartisan commitment. Since Vote to End Hunger launched last October, its advocates have been asking the candidates how they will end hunger, reduce poverty, and create the opportunity for all at town hall meetings and candidate forums, via twitter, email, and letters to the editor. Together we can end hunger.”
The Vote to End Hunger coalition will continue to mobilize supporters around the nation to elevate the issue of hunger in the 2016 elections, ask the candidates what steps they will take if they are elected to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the US and worldwide and build the political and public will to ensure that hunger and poverty are top priorities for Congress and the Administration in 2017.
Hunger is not a partisan issue and Vote to End Hunger does not favor or critique particular candidates or their positions, instead, it encourages all candidates to offer their policy ideas and make ending hunger a shared responsibility of individuals, communities, the private sector, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government alike.
“It’s powerful to see the range of organizations who have signed on to Vote to End Hunger,” said Rebecca Middleton, Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance to End Hunger, a founding partner of Vote to End Hunger. “Ending hunger is a priority for so many sectors-traditional not-for-profits, faith-based groups, universities, hospitals, and corporations. It really does require both the public and political will.”
The steering committee for Vote to End Huger consists of national anti-hunger organizations: the Alliance to End Hunger, Bread for the World, Feeding America, Food Research and Action Center, Meals on Wheels America, Share Our Strength, and RESULTS. More than 120 additional national and community organizations have signed on in support of the campaign.
To learn more about Vote to End Hunger or to sign up you can visit www.votetotendhunger.org
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About Feeding America
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 40 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. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.