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South Dakota Activists Remember George McGovern

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Photo: Senator George McGovern signing his book "Abraham Lincoln" at the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., in 2009. (Scott Clarkson/Wikimedia Commons)

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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This week we remember and are inspired by his tireless work on behalf of the least of these.

What an inspiring person we had working for all of us. I thank God for George McGovern's life and pray that we will strive to pick up his mantle of courage and willingness to sacrifice himself to keep the safety nets intact for those who are unable to do it for themselves.

Senator McGovern truly put his faith into action!! I know he heard "well done, good and faithful servant!" as he entered his eternal rest in the arms of God. I pray that many give to Feeding South Dakota in his memory.

Our son worked on McGovern's presidential campaign right after college. McGovern also also came to preach at the Methodist church in Wagner( at the invitation of my husband) When our daughter was killed in a car accident he wrote us a personal note. He inspired us to work on hunger issues and peace and justice issues. We will miss him. Who will speak againsst the big military build up? Elsie McBride

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