The Iowa Hunger Summit took place today in Des Moines, Iowa heading into the kickoff tomorrow of @WorldFoodPrize. During the event, the Vote to End Hunger (VTEH) campaign was launched in an effort to urge 2016 presidential candidates to focus on ending hunger and poverty in the U.S. as well as around the world and to encourage consumers to ask candidates if they are elected, what will you do to end hunger?
Hunger is a significant but solvable global problem but it requires leadership and a commitment from the president and Congress. One out of every seven U.S. households – more than 48 million Americans – struggles to put food on the table. These numbers include 5.4 million seniors and 15 million children. Around the world, 795 million people experience hunger every day.
The press event featured:
- Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World (Moderator)
- Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Feeding America
- Bishop Richard E. Pates, Diocese of Des Moines, Roman Catholic Church
- Jamy Rentschle, sharing her personal experience with hunger as a child
Listen to the full press conference here: Vote to End Hunger Campaign Launch