Our leaders need to make ending hunger a national priority. Kids who get school breakfast achieve 17% better scores in math. That's because food is fuel. You can't compete on an empty stomach.-Julianna Margulies
A Place at the Table spells out the issue very clearly. "Our country has more than enough food for everyone. With the right structure of policies in place — from school meals and federal nutrition programs to a Farm Bill that works for all Americans — we can create, protect, and share this abundance, so every American, at every stage of life’s journey, can count on the healthy food they need to thrive.
But here’s the problem: Over the years, the system has missed some much-needed maintenance, and right now, 42 million Americans aren’t getting enough healthy food to eat. A family in a rural community might live hours away from the nearest grocery store. A factory worker might earn too much to qualify for nutrition assistance but too little to afford enough to eat."
Questlove, Julianna Margulies, Rosie Perez, Christian Siriano, and other artists, advocates, and chefs are uniting to join average citizens like you and me to demand action from our elected leaders to end hunger in America. The stories from Jonathan Safran Foer, John Leguizamo, Zainab Salbi, and other advocates make it clear that we all need to take action to get our leaders focused on ending hunger. Follow this link (and scroll down) to see the short #FoodisFuel messages from each of these prominent individuals.
When our leaders make this critical issue a priority, and prevent hunger from holding anyone back, it will unlock the potential of millions of Americans.
This campaign matters for everyone. It's for people who might never stand in a spotlight or walk a red carpet, and people who dream of being artists but can't think ahead beyond worrying about where their next meal will come from.
America’s potential is our people. Food is the fuel that makes everything we achieve possible. Healthy food and sound nutrition power up our wellbeing, and propel us forward to build vibrant communities. A Place at the Table
Questlove (pictured at left)i s the co-founder of the Roots, but that’s only one course of his daily meal: Food fueled his childhood in Philadelphia, his years playing music on the road, countless hours in the studio, and continues to inspire his creativity, whether he’s sitting behind the drum kit or writing a New York Times Bestseller
This campaign matters for all of the future astronauts, advocates, teachers, parents, grandparents, and neighbors who will continue to contribute to American communities. Everyone needs healthy food to live up to their full potential.
Join the Movement by providing your e-mail address and zip code. The organizers of A Place at the Table will be in touch again very soon with more ways you can get the word out and grow this movement!