This costs our nation billions in preventable health care costs. It undermines our national security. It compromises our productivity and global competitiveness. It compromises our children’s ability to learn and thrive.
America can’t be great on an empty stomach.
Our leaders will only act if they hear from you. We have to put pressure on the political system to create change, and that’s where you come in. While charity and good deeds in your community do make a difference, national programs like SNAP (Food Stamps) reach far more people. In fact, charitable food programs provide only 10% of the meals that SNAP does. This problem is simply too big to fix without nationwide programs that are proven to lift people out of hunger.
By combining smart policy with collaboration with industry and communities, our leaders can end hunger once and for all and fuel the potential of every American. But they won’t act unless they know it’s a priority to us.
We can fuel the potential of every American, but not unless you demand action.
In 1969, in the midst of the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, a Republican President went to a Democratic Congress and said “the moment is at hand to put an end to hunger in America.” And they did, by modernizing and enhancing key elements of our food safety net. Hunger was all but eradicated by the end of the 1970s.
But we’ve gone backwards in the decades since, and we’re paying a high cost.
This movement has grown out of the 2013 acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, which told the stories of everyday Americans who struggle, on a daily basis, to feed themselves and their families adequately. The movie asked how hunger was possible in the wealthiest nation on earth, and showed that the only thing missing in the fight to end hunger permanently is the public’s voice, demanding our leaders act to do so.
As the movie was shown in big cities and small towns (and in red states and blue) the reaction from thousands of Americans who saw it was the same: Where can we sign up? We want change.
Sign up here, and you’ll get updates on opportunities to demand change from our elected leaders — and end hunger.
“Let’s fuel the potential of every child.”