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81 Members of Congress Urge Obama to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Address Global Nutrition and Food Security

June 7, 2013
Press Release

Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 

Washington, DC – This week, Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Aaron Schock (R-IL) led a coalition of 81 Members, urging President Barack Obama to support U.S. leadership on global nutrition and food security efforts at the upcoming Nutrition for Growth summit. 

“Increasing global food security must continue to be a priority for the U.S. government and for the American people. Clearly, a healthier, more productive world is in our own interest.  Malnutrition and hunger negatively impact cognitive and physical development in any child, but when tens of millions of children are malnourished and stunted it undermines the development of entire nations,” said Representative McCollum.  “The time is now for Congress to support President Obama advance U.S. leadership to address hunger and malnutrition.”

“The United States has a long and proud tradition of supporting global hunger and nutrition programs,” Representative McGovern said.  “I am pleased to join my colleagues in a bipartisan way to urge the Obama Administration to maintain that support. Hunger is a political condition.  We have the means to end it; what we need is the political will to make it happen.”