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Immediately after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, CEO of Feeding America Bob Aiken released the following statement in response:
“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.”
Since its inception in 1979, Feeding America has worked tirelessly to help feed the 1 in 7 people in the United States who struggle with hunger, by providing food to nearly 50 million people through 61,000 food pantries, community kitchens, and emergency shelters across the country. In addition, the organization also supports programs that improve food security, strives to educate the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that helps protect people from going hungry.
While it is true that 2014 marked a successful year for hunger-relief advocacy, there is still much more left to do to ensure that the issue of hunger becomes a thing of the past.
Ending hunger is something that everyone can get involved in. People can donate to Feeding America at any Coinstar location nationwide, or volunteer at their local food pantry. No matter how small the act, each and every person has the power to make a difference.