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Remembering Hoover’s mission and today’s Roadmap to End Global Hunger

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It was on February 25th, 1946 that former President Herbert Hoover was called again into action. Hoover was fishing when he received a message that President Harry Truman wanted him to come to Washington, DC at once. The post World War II hunger crisis was escalating and Hoover, with his vast experience in humanitarian aid, was the person Truman wanted to help.

What followed was a 38-nation tour by Hoover as a "food ambassador." Hoover and his team visited these countries to find out how to solve their food shortages and gain international cooperation to meet the global crisis.

Maurice Pate, a leader in founding UNICEF, made it a priority to find out the needs of children in each country the Hoover team visited. Child feeding programs became a significant part of U.S. foreign policy.

U.S. led food aid saved millions of lives and was essential for the war-torn countries to rebuild and not descend into utter chaos.

Today, a type of "food ambassador" is the goal of the Roadmap to End Global Hunger legislation (H.R. 2817), which is still waiting on action from the Obama administration and Congress.

Just this week representatives Chellie Pingree, Lois Capps, and Zoe Lofgren all signed on to the Roadmap bill. The total number of supporters in the House now stands at 34 with hopefully more on the way.

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Click here to listen to Herbert Hoover report on world hunger on May 17, 1946 following his trip as a food ambassador to over 30 countries on behalf of President Truman.

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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.