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Hunger in America

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. McGOVERN. Mr. Speaker, we're the richest, most prosperous nation in the world, but 49 million Americans went hungry in 2009; 16 million were children. These numbers would be higher if it weren't for programs like SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, and WIC.

We have a hunger crisis in America, and we are not doing enough to prevent this terrible scourge.

During this holiday season, the House and Senate Hunger Caucuses are sponsoring the Hour for Hunger event. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and I are encouraging every Member of this House to volunteer 1 hour to highlight efforts in their districts to fight hunger. Visit a food bank or a food pantry, host a food drive. It's not hard, but it's important and effective.

Finally, I want to urge the White House to host a Conference on Food and Nutrition so we can develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated national strategy to end hunger in America once and for all.

Hunger is a political condition. All we need now is the political will to end it.

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