USDA Launches Targeted Initiative to Address Hunger

The Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House joined together to launch the United We Serve: Feed A Neighbor initiative today to help combat hunger this winter. The new initiative raises awareness of hunger issues and equips American with the resources to mobilize against the hunger crisis.

On a conference call today, Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Special Assistant to the President Joshua DuBois made clear the need for immediate action to address hunger and discussed how United We Serve: Feed A Neighbor would engage American in combating the problem.

“Hunger has reached crisis levels for far too many in this country,” said Nicola Goren. “The need can seem overwhelming, but it’s not insurmountable. This initiative provides individuals with the tools to identify needs in their community and ways they can ensure that their neighbors have enough to eat.”

Feed A Neighbor is part of President Obama’s national call to service, the United We Serve initiative, and the Administration’s answer to hunger. The two major components of the initiative include an anti-hunger volunteer toolkit developed by USDA that provides information about how individuals can directly and immediately affect hunger and access to service opportunities in their local community on Serve.gov. This intensified effort is part of the Corporation and USDA’s year-round commitment to support anti-hunger programs in communities across the country, and is scheduled to run from Thanksgiving Day through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 18.

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