Chairman McGovern Announces Roundtable Examining the Hunger Epidemic Among Veterans and Military Families
Second 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 the hunger crisis among veterans and military families on Thursday, May 27th at 11am EDT. The event is the second 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 Veterans and Military Families follows the committee hearing last month entitled, Ending Hunger in America: Challenges, Opportunities, and Building the Political Will to Succeed.
“We cannot solve hunger in America without addressing the often-silent epidemic of food insecurity among those who serve our country and their families. The men and women who wear the uniform put their lives on the line for our nation and the least we can do is ensure they have enough to eat. The federal government could learn a lot from these experts about how to better provide for our veterans and military families as we work to end the hunger epidemic in the country,” 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: Rules Committee Roundtable Examining the Hunger Crisis Among Veterans and Military Families
• Colleen Heflin, Syracuse University
• Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
• Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families
• Mark Walker, Swords to Plowshares, Associate Director in East Oakland
• Chad Morrison, CEO of the Mountaineer Food Bank
When: Thursday, May 27th at 11am EDT
Where: This proceeding will be streamed live on rules.house.gov via Cisco Webex