U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today cosponsored a resolution to recognize June 7, 2012, as "Hunger Awareness Day." The resolution, introduced with the Senate Hunger Caucus co-chairs Senators Boozman, Moran, Durbin, Casey, and Brown, calls on the people of Indiana and the United States to observe National Hunger Awareness Day with appropriate volunteer activities and other support for anti-hunger advocacy efforts and hunger relief charities, including food banks, food rescue organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters.
"Today, roughly 48 million Americans, including 16.2 million children, do not have an adequate supply of food," said Lugar. "I have long supported hunger issues, such as incentives to promote charitable food donation, elimination of childhood hunger, and health promotion, and recognizing National Hunger Awareness Day is yet another great opportunity to celebrate the American spirit of giving. I encourage all Hoosiers and Americans to take part in this day and help to feed our nation's hungry."
Along with cosponsoring this and other hunger preventive legislation, Lugar created the annual Hoosiers Fighting Hunger statewide food drive in September 2009 in response to a thirty percent increase in demand for Indiana food banks. In 2011 alone, this program collected 266,091 pounds of food for Indiana food banks and local pantries thanks to the generosity of Hoosiers. That generosity will amount to more than 221,000 meals for Hoosiers in need this year.