Ending Hunger in America, 2014 Hunger Report Introduction - Page 24

THE IMPORTANCE OF A WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT TO END HUNGER INTRODUCTION Rep. Jim McGovern, Massachusetts - 2nd District Close to 49 million struggle to put food on their tables. Many of these are hardworking people whose jobs just do not pay enough to feed their families.  We need to use every opportunity we have to talk about it, to shine a light on the plight of the hungry, to take hunger out of the shadows and rededicate ourselves to the need to end hunger. Just because 49 million people in this country struggle to put food on their tables doesn’t mean that we have mass starvation in America. Thankfully, we have developed a safety net that helps to protect the vast majority of the hungry. There are a myriad of initiatives being used to combat hunger in America. These are public, private and non-profit initiatives that are all very successful in their own ways. The problem is that these efforts—from federal to state to local governments; from non-profits like churches and food banks to for-profit businesses—are working independently of each other; they are not connected. And they can’t end hunger on their own. We need to work smarter and more efficiently if we’re going to end hunger. We need to bring everyone together and connect the dots. We need a plan. That’s why I’ve called for a White House summit to end hunger. Over the years, there have been citywide, countywide and statewide hunger summits. Food banks, hospitals, colleges and universities have all held these events. But there hasn’t been one nationwide hunger summit, convened by the White House, since President Nixon did so in 1969—over 44 years ago! We need a summit today more than ever. Our deficit and debt are forcing us to do more with less, and that means we need to be more efficient and streamlined with our resources. Our federal agencies should be talking to each other and addressing hunger in a more comprehensive way. Why shouldn’t the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and, yes, the Department of Defense sit down and talk about the impact of hunger and malnutrition on their efforts and how best to address these problems? As these agencies coordinate, we will need to involve our food banks, religious institutions, schools and hospitals. And we need to bring in the business community, including the food and beverage industry, financial institutions and manufacturers. DC Central Kitchen Congressman Jim McGovern receives advice o ????????)???????????? ? ??????-??????????????T?L??M???????)????????Q???Y????????????????????????????????()]????????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????Q????????????????)??????????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????)!???????????????????????????]?????????????????)????????????????????????????????e?????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????????e?????)??????????????]????!???????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????%??????????????????????????Q?????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????]??????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????()???????? ?????????)???5?????????????????)?????????5???????????!????????????? ???????????????)??????????????????? (+? ?????!????I????? ???()?((