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Mercy Corps Urges Support for Roadmap to End Global Hunger Legislation in Congress

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The charity Mercy Corps is urging support for a bill in Congress titled the Roadmap to End Global Hunger and Promote Food Security Act of 2009. Also known as H.R. 2817, the Roadmap bill is in need of public support in order to get Congress to take action.

On its web site Mercy Corps has set up a take action page to encourage people to write to their representative in Congress.

This legislation would create a White House office on global hunger which would coordinate U.S. strategy among agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Food for Peace, and others.

With over a billion people suffering from hunger, Mercy Corps, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, Save the Children, Friends of the World Food Program, the Alliance for Global Food Security, and other charities made recommendations which formed the basis of the Roadmap legislation. Representatives Jim McGovern and Jo Ann Emerson introduced the legislation into Congress this summer, with Rep. McGovern explaining that "We are trying to put global hunger on the top of the administration's agenda."

For more information about the Roadmap to End Global Hunger please see an interview I conducted with Ambassador Michael Klosson of Save the Children, where Ambassador Klosson pointed out that "The United States is the world's wealthiest and most influential nation. If we don't lead the way in ending global hunger, who will?"

The following members of Congress have co-sponsored the legislation along with McGovern.

 

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About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.