Ohio Peace Groups Asked to Help Support McGovern-Dole Global School Lunch Initiative

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The Friends of the UN World Food Program is asking Ohio citizens to show support for the McGovern-Dole Global School Lunch Program to help fight child hunger. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is a key individual in deciding whether McGovern-Dole receives mandatory funding as part of the Farm Bill.

The Friends of the United Nations World Food Program in Washington, DC is looking for Ohio peace groups who are interested in helping promote the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. The McGovern-Dole initiative, which provides school lunches to children in impoverished countries, is currently up for reauthorization before the Senate as part of the Farm Bill.

According to the Friends Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, plays a critical role in determining the fate of the McGovern-Dole program. The Friends ask that Ohio residents "call Senator Sherrod Brown by October 15, and ask him to follow the House's lead in supporting expansion and mandatory funding of the McGovern-Dole Program."

The mandatory funding aspect of McGovern-Dole is critical as it will ensure the program's annual budget increases from 100 million to 300 million over the next five years. Organizations such as the World Food Programme, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, and Food for the Poor will be able to carry out more school lunch programs. Countries that have benefited from school lunch programs in the past include Afghanistan, Bosnia, Guatemala and Kenya.

The Friends of the UN World Food Program is trying to rally groups throughout Ohio to support McGovern-Dole as it nears a critical Senate vote. The Friends are also trying to arrange a conference call of these groups for October 10th.

Ohio citizens and peace groups are asked to contact Margot Hope Hoerrner of the Friends of the World Food Program (202) 530-1694 x.109

See also the article " Ending Child Hunger Crucial to Peace in Iraq, Afghanistan and Many Other Nations" at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/09/prweb553785.htm

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