Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Receive the George McGovern Leadership Award from the World Food Program
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be awarded the George McGovern Leadership Award for advancing the international community’s efforts to address global hunger at the World Food Program USA’s 9th annual awards ceremony and reception. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State. Secretary Clinton’s remarks are expected at 5:15 p.m.
Former Senator and Goodwill Ambassador to the World Food Program George McGovern will present the award to Secretary Clinton. Executive Director of the World Food Program Josette Sheeran and President and CEO of WFP USA Richard Leach will also participate.
More information on the World Food Program can be found here. Here is what the website says about the award:
World Food Program USA (WFP USA) will honor Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her leadership in advancing the international community’s efforts to address global hunger at its 9th annual awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, October 5. Secretary Clinton will accept the George McGovern Leadership Award, which recognizes policymakers and other leaders for their efforts to end global hunger.
Shortly after assuming her role as Secretary of State, Secretary Clinton established Feed the Future, a groundbreaking initiative to comprehensively address the full spectrum of hunger – urban and rural, chronic and acute – currently impacting over 1 billion people worldwide. Under her leadership, the United States is helping targeted countries develop hunger alleviation plans and has secured more than $22 billion in support from G8 members to assist this effort. During her career in the Senate, Secretary Clinton also played a leadership role in efforts to expand international school meals programs, cosponsoring legislation to increase funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.[emphasis added]
Here is a world hunger map, just to give you an idea of the scope of the problem. Many of those who are going hungry are of course children: