Foreword by Bill Clinton

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Hunger afflicts 300 million children and a total of nearly one billion people throughout the world, most of whom live in Asia and Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the prevalence of hunger is actually increasing. Due to gender discrimination and cultural traditions, women and children often suffer the most.

As President, I worked with two leaders who, three decades earlier, were instrumental in creating the United States' school lunch program. In 2000, Senator George McGovern and Senator Bob Dole joined me to announce the creation of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which provided $300 million for nutritious meals to schoolchildren in developing nations. This initiative gave millions of children desperately needed nourishment and led to dramatic increases in school enrollment in participating countries. Thanks in large measure to Dole and McGovern, the program continues today, giving many poor children a chance for a better future.

For more than 30 years, Senators McGovern and Dole have worked together to support hunger relief, reaching across party lines in this critical effort to save lives. Both of them have seen the effects of hunger, and they understand the devastating impact it can have.

Few Americans have done more to fight hunger at home and abroad than George McGovern and Bob Dole. Senator McGovern's involvement with hunger issues dates back to 1961, when he served as the first Director of Food for Peace under President John F. Kennedy. I was honored to work in his 1972 Presidential Campaign and am grateful that we have remained friends ever since. During my Administration, I was pleased that he agreed to become Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, where he served with great distinction.

Senator Dole has repeatedly demonstrated that combating malnourishment and hunger is more important than partisan politics by partnering with members of both parties to create important anti-hunger legislation. His leadership was crucial in establishing the food stamp program, supplemental food assistance to women and children, and domestic and international school lunch programs. Bob and I had a few disagreements over the years, but not on hunger. I am grateful for his commitment and leadership.

This book makes an important argument about hunger that all concerned citizens should heed: hunger is not just a problem for politicians. We all have an ethical and moral obligation to help people who are suffering. Ending Hunger Now is an appeal to people of faith to meet this moral challenge with concrete action. Best of all, Senator McGovern, Senator Dole, and co-author Donald Messer offer specific suggestions for what every concerned citizen can do to contribute to the battle against hunger at home and around our world. At a time in their lives when most people have long been retired, McGovern and Dole are still hard at work, appealing to our minds and hearts, and asking us to follow their lead. All Americans should listen to them, learn, and act.

The Honorable William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States


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