U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has issued a call to action to end hunger in America. Secretary Vilsack announced a series of new online tools and volunteer initiatives to increase the number of individuals, organizations, and governments actively working to end hunger across the country.
"If our nation is to win the future, we must make sure that all Americans have access to the nutrition they need," said Vilsack. "The federal government cannot end hunger alone so we are calling on the American public, corporations, schools, and community and faith-based organizations to get involved and make a commitment to end hunger."
Today, more than 50 million Americans are at risk of hunger, including 17 million children. Although the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's (USDA) nutrition programs provide assistance to 1 in 4 Americans and have kept the levels of food insecurity at bay during the recession, many eligible children and families do not participate. Working together, government, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and the public can make sure that no one in the country goes hungry.
Here are some of the new initiatives found at www.fns.usda.gov/ech:
- Stakeholder Guide to Ending Childhood Hunger: A guide to assist individuals and organizations in choosing value-added activities and finding resources to help end childhood hunger;
- Become a Champion to End Hunger: An online commitment drive that encourages organizations and the public to select actions they will take to reduce childhood hunger;
- End Hunger Volunteerism Portal (www.serve.gov/endhunger): A website developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where organizations can post volunteer opportunities and individuals can search for volunteer opportunities in their communities.