Friday, January 22, 2010

“Food is strength, and food is peace, and food is freedom" - John F. Kennedy

50 years ago, John F. Kennedy spoke those words in reference to the impact food can make on those in the developing world and out of those few words was born the Food for Peace Program.

Since then, more than 3 billion people in 150 countries have benefited. Currently, the Food for Peace Program works with rural farmers in developing countries to educate and teach them how to better sow their crops and tend to their fields. In addition, it works to improve women's education about nutrition, resulting in healthier babies and children, as well as provides micro-nutrients, such as Vitamin A, iodine, zinc, and iron, that hungry children often lack.

Though there are many ways of providing food aid, Food for Peace's goal remains constant: to minimize hunger in the world so that people everywhere can enjoy active and productive lives and, ultimately, to ensure that one day no one needs food aid.

- Tiffanie Depew