Chairman McGovern Announces Roundtable Examining Hunger Among Seniors and Multigenerational Families
Third in a series of events examining the steps Congress and the Biden administration could take to finally end food insecurity in this country
WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today announced that the Rules Committee will hold a roundtable examining hunger among seniors and multigenerational families on Wednesday, June 9th at 3:30pm EDT. The event is the third in a series of committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America and examining the steps that Congress and the Biden administration could take to equitably combat it. Ending Hunger in America: Examining Hunger Among Seniors and Multigenerational Families follows the committee roundtable last week, Ending Hunger in America: Examining Hunger Among Veterans and Military Families.
“The sad reality is that roughly ten percent of adults aged 60 and older are going hungry in this country – and that’s from data released before the pandemic made this situation even more urgent. Many are grandparents stepping up to raise their grandchildren. These seniors are doing everything right but are confronting a system that is badly broken. To truly end hunger, we must break the multigenerational cycle of food insecurity that’s impacting families all over America,” said Chairman McGovern.
Chairman McGovern recently asked Americans to share their experiences, research, and possible solutions to help guide the committee in this work. He has also called for a substantive, policy-focused White House hunger conference to create the roadmap to end hunger by 2030, which the United Nations has called for.
Co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, McGovern authored legislation which created the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. Now in its third decade, McGovern-Dole aims to provide at least one nutritious meal a day to some of the world’s most vulnerable children in a school setting. It has reduced the incidence of hunger among school-age children, increased school enrollments and attendance, and increased the support of families and communities for education. He also founded the bipartisan Food is Medicine working group in Congress to highlight how critical healthy meals are for American families.
What: Ending Hunger in America: Examining Hunger Among Seniors and Multigenerational Families
- Dr. Elaine Waxman, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute
- Linda Edge, Lived Experience
- Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United
- Vanessa Chambers, Coordinator, Grandma’s Hands
- Sally Heinz, President & CEO, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association
When: Wednesday, June 9th at 3:30pm EDT
Where: This proceeding will be streamed live on rules.house.gov via Cisco Webex