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Recognizing Champions of Change: Strengthening Food Security at Home and Abroad

By Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of congratulating 11 extraordinary individuals being recognized through the White House Champions of Change program for their work to tackle hunger in the United States and abroad.

The Champions recognized today are making improved access to healthy food a reality for millions of individuals in need. Innovative programs like the Community Food Advocates in New York City, Parents United for Healthy Schools/Padres Unidos para Escuelas Saludables in Chicago, and the Mandela Marketplace in Oakland, California are helping to empower families and communities and reducing the depth and severity of hunger in America. And the work of organizations like ThriiveFort Valley State University College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, and Catholic Medical Mission Board are taking on the fight against hunger worldwide.

USDA is no stranger to this important work. Our nutrition assistance programs are America’s first line of defense against hunger and touch the lives of 1 in 4 Americans during the course of a year. They have never been more critical than they are today.

But we can’t do it alone. Federal, state and local governments, elected officials, community leaders, schools, citizen volunteers, businesses, faith and community-based organizations and agricultural producers must work together with persistence and creativity to help those less fortunate get the food they need.

We applaud the Champions for their groundbreaking efforts to improve access to affordable, healthy food here at home and around the world. Read the Champions’ stories in their own words on the White House Champions of Change blog.

This post originally appeared on the USDA Blog.

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