South Dakota Activists Remember George McGovern
Sen. George McGovern, who died on Sunday, was a tireless hunger activist and a great friend to Bread for the World. McGovern holds a special place in the hearts of Bread's activists and organizers working in South Dakota, the senator's home state. Cathy Brechtelsbauer, Bread for the World's volunteer coordinator for South Dakota and Tammy Walhof, Bread's senior organizer for the Upper Midwest and Plains region, offer this reflection on his work and legacy.Sen. McGovern was one of the best champions for ending hunger in our lifetime. He has done so much in our country and around the world. One of his biggest accomplishments was recruiting Sen. Bob Dole and other partners recognizing that hunger is not (and should never be) a partisan issue. Those of us who work on hunger have partnered with Sen. McGovern, a Democrat, and Sen. Dole, a Republican, in this work.
We appreciated Sen. McGovern’s dogged determination to end hunger. He never quit working on it! By urging Congress to create a circle of protection around domestic nutrition programs, foreign assistance anti-poverty programs, and food aid programs, we’re continuing his legacy and preventing his work from being undone.
He’s made a difference in the health of our nation. Many people are eating today, and in fact, many are alive today in our country and worldwide, because of the work of Sen. George McGovern.Cathy Brechtelsbauer is Bread for the World volunteer state coordinator for South Dakota. Tammy Walhof is Bread for the World's senior regional organizer for the Upper Midwest.
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