February 2009

Minutes from the Sunday Supper Club February 8h 2009

Our thanks go out once again to the New Baltimore Fire House for the use of their great space and to JL Combemale for organizing this for us.  Thanks also to all who helped clean up after the meeting.   Many hands really do make light work!

Five Minute Flash Reports:

Treasurer’s Report- Our current balance is $188.65.  We have no immediate upcoming expenses.

New Baltimore Fire House-  JL provided us with a brief overview of the New Baltimore Fire Company
• This fire house was built in 1979.  The company owns two ambulances, one engine, one wagon and one tanker.  They make 520-530 ambulance calls and 130-140 fire calls annually.
• The company is incorporated as a 501(C)3 and is responsible for its own financing.
• Some financing is provided by the county but the company relies heavily on their annual fund drive.  This year the fund drive is running approximately 50% short of previous years.
• The New Baltimore Fire House will be moving in the spring of 2010.  They will have to borrow 2 ½ – 3 million dollars for the new fire house.
• JL encouraged all who live in the New Baltimore District to make a donation to the company.
• The SSC encourages all who have appreciated our winter venue to make a tax deductible donation.

Rt. 29 Corridor Meetings-  Ike Broaddus reported that VDOT currently is studying Rt. 29 from Gainesville through the North Carolina border.
• VDOT is predisposed to widen 29, construct cloverleaves and allow more traffic to flow through.
• Others urge creative solutions such as rail construction and other transportation options.
• If you believe that the mission of VDOT should not simply be to solve the 29 corridor issue but to solve the much larger traffic problems then you are encouraged to attend the VDOT meetings addressing this topic.
2/16/09  Warrenton Community Center from 4:00-8:00 PM
2/17/09  Battlefield High School in Gainesville from 5:00-9:00PM
• In late March a series of four Regional Leadership Planning Forums will be held.  The dates and locations of these forums will be finalized and published.  Watch the SSC site for more details as they become available.
• See www.virginiadot.org/route29 for information on the study.

Mike Turner for Delegate- Frequent SSC attendee Mike Turner sent us an email announcing that he will be running for the office of state delegate in the 33rd district in Western Loudoun County.  Mike previously ran in the primary for the congressional seat held by Frank Wolf.  Mike’s website will be up and running soon at www.miketurnerforcongress.com.

Women’s Caucus- Claire Stokely announced the formation of a women’s caucus in Fauquier County and the surrounding areas.  Women have expressed an interest in participating in a politically based organization which will address women’s issue.  Meeting times will be planned for various days/times/ and locations in the hopes of accommodating as many women as possible.  The first meeting will be held Wed. Feb. 25th at 12:00PM at the 3rd Street Coffee House on Main St. in Warrenton.

FCDC Outreach Committee Activities- Claire Stokely, outreach committee co-chair spoke to us about two upcoming events.
• Saturday March 28th at the Inn at Vint Hill the Fauquier County Democratic Committee will be holding their 8th Annual Dinner.  This is the primary fundraiser of the year for the FCDC – this year ticket prices start at $25.00 for students and $50.00 for adults.  All of this year’s Democratic candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor have been invited to attend.  Please join us!
• The FCDC Outreach Committee has developed a relationship with the Afro-American Heritage Association in The Plains.  The AAHA is a wonderful organization which works to preserve the history of African Americans in Fauquier County.  Their building in The Plains houses a small museum and a great research lab containing genealogical records as well as school and church information.  Please pay them a visit and help out if you can with donations of money or time.

Fauquier Community Garden- Deborah Williamson, farmer and environmentalist, reiterated the importance of buying local food and the importance of local foods in improving nutrition in America.   With this in mind the Fauquier Community Action Committee is excited to announce the new Fauquier Community Garden, located on ten acres on Meetze Rd. across from the Black Horse Inn.  The farm is “designed to be a volunteer-driven, community funded, and environmentally sustainable project.  It will produce local food for the community and the Fauquier Community Food Bank and will become an education center and model for other communities.”  For more information visit:  www.fauquiercommunityfarm.org

Community Announcements
Too good not to share:  Andrea issued another request for the recipe section of the SSC website.  The dishes provided by the SSC members are certainly too good not to share and she would like to eat well more than once a month ☺  Please email recipes to Linda Swanson at: Linda@baldwinridge.com
Facebook Page: The SSC now has a Facebook page.  If you are already on Facebook please look for Sunday Supper Club of Fauquier VA and become a member of our online group.  We’re up to 19 members and would love to have you join us!  Our thanks to Linda for taking on yet another responsibility for the SSC.  If you are not on Facebook yet you can join at www.facebook.com.  It’s easy and quick and you can choose how much information to share.  As an added bonus, you might just discover long lost friends from high school and college (middle school photos posted may not be a bonus).
SSC Planning Committee Meeting- As always, all are encouraged to attend our next planning committee meeting on Tuesday Feb. 24th at 6:30 at Panera Bread in Warrenton.  If you are unable to attend but would like to share suggestions for future speakers or topics please contact Linda at Linda@baldwinridge.com

Scribe Request- Unfortunately Andrea will be out of town for the April 19th and May 17th meetings of the SSC (please note that these meetings will be held on the third Sunday of the month due to Mother’s Day and Easter).  We are seeking volunteers to take the minutes for these two meetings.  If anyone would be willing to take this on please contact Linda or Andrea (almartens@gmail.com) Thank you!

Peter Rush spoke about lobbying congress on the GAZA/Israeli blockade.  At this event, sponsored by the Campaign to End U.S./Israeli occupation, meetings were held with high level aides to Senators Webb and Warner at which participants stressed the need for an immediate resolution and release of humanitarian aid and encouraged the investigation of the misuse of U.S. weapons in Gaza.  See http://www.endtheoccupation.org/ for more information.

Peter also encouraged people to check out the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care at http://guaranteedhealthcare4all.org/

Andrea commended the Fauquier County Democratic Committee under the leadership of David Roos (wearing his partisan hat as chair of the FCDC rather than his non-partisan hat as moderator of the SSC) on their selection as Committee of the Year.  Great work everyone!

Guest Speaker

We were very pleased to welcome David Lambert who spoke with us on the topic of “World Hunger and You.”  David brings a wealth of experience to this topic, including (but certainly not limited to) a four year appointment promoting USDA’s policies with the UN and other government agencies on global food security, nutrition, food safety standards, and agricultural trades issues and service on Ambassador McGovern’s humanitarian missions throughout Asia and Africa.  David currently teaches a graduate course at Catholic university on the “Politics of Hunger and Food.”

Accompanying these minutes, we’ve attached the handout that David was kind enough to prepare.   I encourage you to use this handout as a resource as it includes interesting statistics on topics such as the “current condition of world hunger” and “snapshot of global child malnutrition” , quotes addressing “perspectives on hunger and global food security”, an extensive list of sources on the topic of hunger and, most importantly, suggestions for how you can get involved with helping in this worthy cause.

A few notable facts:
• More people die of hunger each year than die of war.
• The Indian Ocean tsunami claimed about 300,000 lives.  As many children die of hunger worldwide every 19 days.
• The United Nations estimates that every five seconds a child dies from hunger, much of it caused by the policies of governments.

Terminology
Food insecurity and hunger are often incorrectly used interchangeably:
Food insecurity- has a psychological aspect
Hunger- is a sensation which if sustained becomes malnutrition
Malnutrition- requires medical attention

Why should we be interested in this topic?
• This is a moral imperative.   It is unconscionable that millions of people are dying of hunger in a world with enough resources to feed them all.
• All five major religions have as one of their basic tenets the commandment to respond to hunger and poverty.

Statistics:
Nationwide
• 750,000 kids participate in the school lunch program.
• 140,000 women and children are on WIC
• 510,000 participate in the food stamp program.
• 320 children in Fauquier County are considered “extremely poor.”

Worldwide:
• One out of three children is malnourished.
• 160 million children are stunted due to malnutrition and will never have a normal life.
• A billion people live on less than $1.00/day

Causes of Hunger:
• The greatest single cause is governance: despotic regimes which disempower people.  For example in Zimbabwe the average life span used to be sixty but has now dropped to thirty-five.
• Poverty: poverty and hunger are cause and effect to one another.  Hunger by definition is the most extreme form of poverty as food is the last thing one would give up.
• Food borne illnesses: in the U.S. 325,000 people have been hospitalized for food borne illnesses and 5,000 have died.
• Climate change: if the planet’s temperature rises another degree and a half the effects will be devastating.

How is the U.S. helping?
• The U.S. provides more than 50% of donated food.
• Millennium Challenge Corp: goal is to cut hunger in half by 2015.  This group looks at our distribution of foreign aid and asks questions of governments before they receive our aid.
• PEPFAR: President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
• Individual’s generosity:  When the tsunami hit, one out of three Americans donated to the cause.

What else should we do?
• President Obama has set a goal of ending childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015.
• Early childhood nutrition is the most important intervention; we can’t have development without education and we can’t have education without nutrition.
• We must address rising obesity rates: in U.S. obesity is the number one public health issue.  Snack consumption has gone up 240%.  Infectious diseases of the past (TB, polio etc.) have been replaced by hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
• Continue efforts to get fresh fruits and produce into urban stores.
• Push the “farm to school” movement which encourages children to eat vegetables by getting them involved in growing them.

Genetically Modified Foods
• There is no scientific evidence that genetically modified food is harmful.
• 98 % of our soybeans are genetically modified as is 55% of our corn.

U.S. Policy Paradoxes
• U.S. agricultural policies provide support to five “commodity” crops: corn, soybeans, wheat, rice and cotton while “specialty crops” such as blueberries, spinach, tomatoes and apples receive no support at all.   Our support of U.S. cotton farmers has resulted in a flood of cotton on the market thereby lowering the price to the point that other countries cotton farmers can no longer make a living.
• The top industry in Virginia is farming.  In Virginia the biggest crop is tomatoes yet there are no subsidies for tomatoes.
• Politicians have not explained to the stakeholders (farmers) how law changes could benefit them; farmers are dug in and we need to educate them on this.
• All the foreign aid in the world will be of limited value if we do not get productive agricultural policies in place.

Core Values
• Our core values reflect what we are willing to fight for and what we want to be remembered by.
• As a nation our core values are open to change: the food stamps program did not begin until the 1930’s and has since experienced ebbs and surges. This program is now one of our most secure and protected programs.
• The school lunch program began in 1946 and was started by the defense office.  210 billion lunches have been served creating great outcomes including reduced pregnancy rates among teens.  Childhood nutrition must be a priority.
• Do we have the political will to change the state of hunger in the U.S. and the world?

Food for Thought
• The average human being needs to consume 2100 calories daily.
• The average American consumes 2800 calories a day.
• There is enough food in the world for every human to consume 3300 calories a day.

Recommended reading:
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What You Can Do About It by Paul Collier
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
“Farmer in Chief” by Michael Pollan in the NY Times Magazine:  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/magazine/12policy-t.html?_r=1

Recommended viewing:
The Girl in the Café DVD

(David Lambert’s Handout at the meeting is below these minutes.)

Save the Dates
You won’t want to miss the interesting meetings we have planned!

March 8th. – Join us for a look at the way your recyclables are processed. Our speaker will be Trish Ethier, Recycling Education Coordinator with Fauquier County Department of Environmental Services, whose topic will be “Recycling in Fauquier County.”

• April 19th- We will be meeting on the third Sunday this month to avoid the Easter holiday.

• We are pleased to announce that our speaker this month will be Tom Benjamin of the Fauquier Community Action Committee which, among other things, runs the community food bank, Head Start, and the community garden. Please join us to learn about this important organization!

• May 17th- Our May speaker will be a representative from the Government Accountability Project (GAP). GAP is a non-profit public interest group located in Washington, DC, and is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. GAP has programs related to several important issues, including both Nuclear, and Food and Drug Safety. The latter topic is extremely apropos in light of the recent peanut product scare.

• GAP’s website is http://www.whistleblower.org/template/index.cfm.

Warmly,
Andrea

Outline – David Lambert – Sunday Supper Club – 8 Feb 09

THE WORLD IS A VERY HUNGRY PLACE:
WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
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Questions to be examined

Why should all of us care about this issue?
Is there a recognized right to food?
What is the state of US food insecurity?
What is the condition of world hunger today?
Distinctions?  Food Insecurity v. Hunger v. Malnutrition
What about global child malnutrition?
What are the implications of obesity on malnutrition levels?
Is adequate child nutrition a US governing principle?
What are our national and international programs?
Is the US “generous” or “stingy” toward the developing world?
What are the root causes of global food insecurity?
What are our best policy responses to world hunger?
What is the link between nutrition and learning?
How does climate change threaten prospects for global food security?
What is the cost of hunger to Americans?
How do US trade policies impact developing world food security?
What is the relationship between hunger and poverty?  political conflict?
Do hunger and poverty cause terrorism?
What promise is agricultural biotechnology in global hunger alleviation?
What is the connection between malnutrition and HIV/AIDS?
What are the food security and environmental implications of the ethanol explosion?
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Why should we care about the hunger issue?

Compelling argument for all to be engaged, whatever our:

Personal values
Faith
Political Affiliation
Economic Philosophy
Personal wellbeing
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How are we doing on ending hunger in the US?

“Food Insecurity” v. “Hunger” v. “Malnutrition”
US hunger costs Americans $90 billion a year
US is directly affected, with 35 million food insecure
11% of all households are food insecure
Pockets of hunger and poverty
Half million children went hungry last year
One quarter of all food produced in US is lost (3,000 lbs per second)
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What are our official domestic responses to Hunger?

National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Federal Food Stamp Program
Other Federal Programs
State Programs
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What is the Current Condition of World Hunger?

*  923 million people are chronically hungry, with
inadequate access to food and water
*  % of people hungry in world has dropped from 34%
to 17% in last 40 years
*  Plenty of food in the world, but global demand will
double in next 50 years
*  UN Millennium Goal #1: to cut hunger in half by 2015;
Ghana has achieved goal, but no other African country will
*  25,000 die of hunger and related causes each day
*  More than 80% of world’s farmers are women, but they receive
less than 5% off all technical assistance to agriculture
*  There are 11 million AIDS orphans in Africa
*  Since 1980 foreign assistance to agriculture in Africa has dropped
from 16% to 4%
*  More than 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day
*  A child dies of hunger every 5 seconds
*  70% of global poverty is rural
*  Contributing factors to rising global food prices:  Asian demand for protein,
energy costs, drought in Australia and Africa, food crop diversion to
biofuels, climate change, resistance to GM, grain speculation, plant disease
*  % of income spent on food
US: 10%
Developing countries: As high as 70%
*  US Budget priorities (FY’08):
Military:  more than $500 billion
Assistance to Developing world: $38 billion

Snapshot of Global Child Malnutrition

*  Child dies of hunger every 5 seconds – the “Quiet Tsunami”
*  One of every three children affected
*  Of 923 million hungry, more than 300 million are children
*  20 million + low birth-weight babies born in developing world each year
*  67 million children are “wasted”, or below weight for height
*  8 year old N. Korea child is 7 inches shorter than 8 year old S. Korea child
*  180 million children are “stunted”, or below height for age
*  Undernutrition is the cause of 35% of all child deaths
*  McGovern-Dole program has provided meals to 22 million children in 41
countries, increasing school attendance by 14%
*  Vitamin A deficiency leads to 500,000 cases of child blindness each
year
*  Vitamin A deficiency also puts 85 million children at risk for acute
respiratory disease and related infections
*  60 million school-age children suffer from iodine deficiency disorders,
retarding physical growth and mental development
*  210 million children suffer from iron deficiency, causing reduced cognitive
ability and physical capacity

(sources: USDA/FNS, UNICEF, WHO, FAO, WFP)
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What are our official international responses to hunger?

United Nations (UN)  / US Mission to UN Agencies Rome
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
World Food Program (WFP)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
World Health Organization (WHO)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
World Trade Organization (WTO)
World Bank
International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)
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What are the Root Causes of World Hunger?

Government Policies
Access to Food
Trade Barriers
Poverty and lack of purchasing power
Rising Food and Energy Prices
HIV/AIDS and other diseases
Discrimination against women and girls
Civil Wars
Famine
Environmental Degradation
Climate Change
Acts of Nature
Population
Shrinking genetic resources
Lack of Capacity and Infrastructure
Food borne illnesses
Scarce and unclean Water
Post Harvest Loss/ Wastage and spoilage
Natural Resource Base (endowment or deficit)
Geographic Location
Lack of Collaboration by Institutions
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What are our Best Policy Responses to Global Hunger?

Enabling Environments of Governments / Millennium Development Goals
Adequate levels of funding
Trade Liberalization
Food and Water Safety
Capacity Building
Debt Relief for Heavily Indebted Countries
Agricultural Research / Biotechnology
Environmental Policy
Global Crop Diversity
Foreign Assistance / Development and Emergency
Crop Biofortification
Child Nutrition and Education
McGovern/Dole International School Feeding
Other Child Care Practices, including immunizations and breastfeeding
Obesity prevention
Civil Society / NGOs and Private Sector
Media freedom and awareness to call world attention
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What can we do?

Make fighting hunger a “core value” in your life
Join the “national conversation” to raise awareness
Encourage ministries in your own faith institutions
Educate yourself and others on key legislation (eg, Farm Bill, Global Poverty Act)
Influence Congress and State Legislatures
Perfect your Advocacy
Consider careers in public service
Create networks to shift public opinion and policy
Donate to your preferred causes
Volunteer with NGOs
Organize Day of Fasting
Glean
Write op-ed letters to the editor

Perspectives on Hunger and Global Food Security

“To the millions who have to go without two meals a day, God can only appear as bread.”  M. K. Gandhi

“The first essential component for social justice is adequate food for all mankind.”  Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1970

“What should we do about hunger?  Do the thing that is in front of you.”  Ambassador Tony Hall, US Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, citing Mother Theresa’s advice to him

“There is no investment finer for any community than putting milk into babies.”  Winston Churchill, London Radio Broadcast, 21 Mar 1943

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Sack vid pa kapab konpe” or “An empty sack cannot stand”.  Haitian Creole proverb about undernourished children

“In no country is child nutrition a high enough priority – including our own”.  Catherine Bertini, former Executive Director, UN World Food Program, and World Food Prize Laureate, 2003.

“There is much to be done, there is much that can be done…As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.”   Elie Wiesel, Nobel Acceptance Speech, 10 December 1986

“Hunger is not just a problem for politicians. We all have an ethical and moral obligation to help people who are suffering.” President Bill Clinton, Foreword to “Ending Hunger Now”, 2005

“It is the most effective human rights program for girls I have even seen.”  Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of UN World Food Program, describing the McGovern-Dole International Child Nutrition Program, 30 July 2008

“A world where some live in comfort and plenty, while half of the human race lives on less than $2 a day, is neither just nor stable.   Including all of the world’s poor in an expanding circle of development – and opportunity – is a moral imperative and one of the top priorities of US international policy.”   National Security Strategy of the United States of America, 2002

“Hunger, poverty and disease are the real weapons of mass destruction”.  Former Ambassador George McGovern, founder of  the UN’s World Food Program, 2003

“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like noonday.”   Isaiah 58:10

“Take a good look at us. We’re not going to be around in six months.”  Drought stricken Ethiopian woman to Ambassador Tony Hall, 2003

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed…The peace we seek, founded upon decent trust and cooperative effort among nations, can be fortified, not by weapons of war but by wheat.”  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, “The Chance for Peace”, 16 Apr 1953

“No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  John Donne, Devotions XII, 1624

“I would rather take care of the stomachs of the living than the glory of the departed in the form of monuments.”   Alfred Nobel, creator of the Nobel Prize

“As we eliminate child hunger, we address all of the UN Millennium Development Goals.  The investment in children is the most powerful investment we can make.”   James Morris, Executive Director, UN World Food Program, 2006.

“We are crime reporters; we write about the greatest crime of all – hunger.” Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, Wall Street Journal reporters, 19 Oct 06

“Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine, but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos.” Secretary of State George C. Marshall, describing the “Marshall Plan”, 1947

“The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.” President John F. Kennedy, 1963

“Giving people medicine for TB and not giving them food is like washing your hands and drying them in the dirt.”   Haitian saying, cited in Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains” about the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, 2003

“The US is committed to the goal of ending world poverty and hunger and will walk alongside any country prepared to travel the same path.”  US Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, World Food Summit, Rome, 2003.

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”  Mother Theresa

“The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”  President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 2nd Inaugural Address, 20 January 1937

“A hungry person is an angry person.  It is in all our interests to take away the cause of this anger.”  Nigeria President Obasanjo to WFP Executive Board, 2005

“As a longtime advocate of hunger relief, I’m honored to form this important caucus to bring awareness to national and international hunger issues, and in the process work to make our nation and world a better place.”  Senator Blanche Lincoln, inaugurating Bipartisan U.S. Senate Hunger Caucus, 3June04

“A hungry child knows no politics.”  President Ronald Reagan, overruling his advisors who urged no US food aid for the famine in Ethiopia, 1984

“Providing charity for poor and hungry people weighs as heavily as all the other commandments of the Torah combined”  Talmud, Baba Babtra 9a

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. Aesop, 550BC

“We have the means, we have the capacity to end hunger from the face of the earth in our lifetime. We need only the will.”  President John F. Kennedy, addressing first World Food Congress, 1963

“You cannot build peace on an empty stomach.” Lord Boyd Orr, Nobel Laureate and first Director General of UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 1949

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” Archbishop Dom Helder Camara of Brazil

“What more can we ask than this – that our greatest passion intersects with the world’s greatest need”  paraphrased from John Calvin

“Which is the bigger scandal: The millions of children that malnutrition kills each year, or the hundreds of millions who continue to suffer?”  attributed to Howarth Bouis, CGIAR,  pioneer in biofortified food.

“Deforestation leaves roughly the same carbon footprint as all the cars, trucks, and planes in the world.”  Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation, 16 October 2008

”When you give food to a hungry person, give him your best and sweetest food.” Hilchot Isurai Mizbayach 7:11

“The difference between civilization and anarchy is seven meals.” Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, UN World Food Program, 19 April 2008

“We know that it is feasible and affordable to end widespread hunger in the United States and worldwide”.  Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World, 2004

“If you want peace, work for justice.”  Pope Paul VI

“Hunger is not acceptable, it hurts, it’s bad math and it’s bad business. Robert H. Forney; President and CEO, America’s Second Harvest; Chair – Alliance to End Hunger, 2004

“A hungry people listens not to reason, not cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers.”  Seneca, De Brevitate Vitoe, c. 60AD

“No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy.”   Dr. Armatya Sen, Nobel Prize winner, 1998
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A Few Sources on Hunger and How to Get Involved

Charity Navigator – www.charitynavigator.org
US Mission to UN Agencies in Rome – www.usembassy.it/usunrome
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Reseach – www.cgiar.org
Congressional Hunger Center – www.hungercenter.org
DC Central Kitchen – www.dccentralkitchen.org
Heifer International – www.heifer.org
Bread for the World – www.bread.org
Alliance to End Hunger – www.alliancetoendhunger.org
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – www.gatesfoundation.org
Auburn University War on Hunger – www.auburn.edu
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa – www.africanhunger.org
Freedom from Hunger – www.freedomfromhunger.org
The Clinton Foundation – www.clintonfoundation.org
The Global FoodBanking Network – www.foodbanking.org
US Senate Bipartisan Caucus on Hunger – tbd
Food Research and Action Center – www.frac.org
World Food Prize – www.worldfoodprize.org
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa – www.agra-alliance.org
Kiva – www.kiva.org
DC Hunger Solutions – www.dchunger.org
Catholic Relief Services – www.crs.org
Project Mercy (Ethiopia) – www.projectmercy.org
United Nations – www.un.org
UN World Food Program (Rome) – www.wfp.org
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (Rome) – www.fao.org
UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (Rome) – www.ifad.org
UNICEF – www.unicef.org
Millennium Challenge Corporation – www.mcc.gov
Project Hope – www.projecthope.org
American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction) –
www.interaction.org
Winrock International – www.winrock.org
Campus Kitchens Project – www.campuskitchens.org
Global Alliance to Improve Nutrition (gain) – www.gainhealth.org
Population Services International – www.psi.org
Results – www.results.org
Global Crop Diversity Truat – www.croptrust.org
Concern – www.concern.net
Mercy Corps – www.mercycorps.org
So Others Might Eat – www.some.org
World Vision – www.wvi.org
The Peace Corps – www.peacecorps.gov
Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) – www.secondharvest.org
Share Our Strength – www.strength.org
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger – www.mazon.org
Oxfam – www.oxfam.org.uk
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture – www.iica.org
Episcopal Relief and Development – www.er-d.org
The Fishing School – www.fishingschool.org
Amercian Red Cross – www.RedCross.org
International Committee of the Red Cross –
www.familylinks.icrc.org
International Red Cross – www.internationalredcross.org
Save the Children – www.savethechildren.org
CARE – www.care.org
Technoserv – www.technoserv.org
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The recent Indian Ocean Tsunami tragically claimed about 300,000 lives; the following verse about the “quiet tsunami” is intended to raise awareness that as many children die of hunger worldwide every 19 days.

EVERY FIVE SECONDS   *

When’er our Maker’s clock sounds out its toll
To mark the loss of children round our sphere.
Malnourished millions lead affliction’s roll
With stomachs shrunk in pain and wrapped in fear.

When nature’s cruelest drama takes its stage
And rampant runs amid her poorest climes.
Its victims, much too weak to feel the rage
That is their due for mankind’s needless crimes.

A mother cradles close her tiny mate,
Her time announced by coughing and by cries.
She will be next to share this awful fate,
And takes her turn, with hollow, searching eyes.

Her final bow – a mournful fetal nod.
She gasps her last, and makes her way to God.

David Lambert   2004

* The United Nations estimates that every five seconds a child
dies from hunger, much of it caused by the policies of
governments.
UN World Food Program
WFP website 2007
www.wfp.org
UN FAO SOFI Report 2003
www.fao.org

David P. Lambert
tel 202-966-5056
lambertdp@yahoo.com