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Fight the Hunger

Posted by hlaverty on November 25, 2009

I just read some unsettling data. The USDA reports 17 million people in households experience food insecurities and 1.1 million children lived in households that experiecenced hunger multiple times in 2008. More than 49 million Americans were at risk to go hungry in 2008. These totals are now being addressed.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House joined together to launch the United We Serve: Feed A Neighbor initiative on Tuesday to help combat hunger this winter.

On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said:

“While the Department of Agriculture’s nutrition assistance programs provide a safety net that improves food access to those with critical needs, to end hunger in our country we must work together. The United We Serve: Feed A Neighbor volunteer initiative and toolkit provide great ideas for how Americans can make an impact and combat hunger in their own communities.”

Feed A Neighbor is part of President Obama’s national call to service, the United We Serve initiative, and the Administration’s answer to hunger. There are two parts of the initiative, an anti-hunger volunteer toolkit that gives information about how to combat hunger and Serve.gov which will list service opportunities in your local community.

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will hold a series of outreach meetings with faith and neighborhood organizations to engage them in United We Serve: Feed A Neighbor and help promote the new initiative among their network of supporters.

For more information visit NationalService.gov or click here to listen to the conference call.

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