History’s Hunger Heroes: JFK

Special Interests:Policy
World Food Program USA
November 22, 2013

In his earliest days in the White House, President John F. Kennedy recognized the importance of solving hunger abroad as well as at home.

“Food is strength, and food is peace, and food is freedom, and food is a helping hand to people around the world whose good will and friendship we want,” he proclaimed in 1960—one year before the U.N. World Food Programme was founded to feed the most vulnerable families across the globe.

Kennedy would go on to appoint Senator George McGovern, a founding Board member of World Food Program USA, to be the first-ever director of the country’s Food For Peace program.