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Bread for the World & The Alliance to End Hunger To Celebrate Champions In The Fight To End World Hunger at NY Gala

New York, NY, November 8, 2012

Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will address a gathering of Bread for the World, Bread for the World Institute and Alliance to End Hunger members in New York City on Nov. 15.  During the evening Cargill will receive the Alliance to End Hunger Partnership Award from Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director of the Alliance, for its work to combat hunger around the world.  The award will be presented to Greg Page, Cargill Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The recent damage inflicted on vulnerable people by Hurricane Sandy is evidence why the work being done by USAID, Cargill, Bread for the World, Bread for the World Institute and Alliance to End Hunger is so crucial.

 “Rajiv Shah is an exciting young leader,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and 2010 World Food Prize Laureate. “He has helped to shape an international initiative that has reduced world hunger through investments in struggling farm families and child nutrition.”

 During his tenure, Dr. Shah managed the U.S. Government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's Feed the Future food security initiative. Shah served for seven years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including as director of agricultural development in the Global Development Program, and as director of strategic opportunities.

 "Over the last three years, working on the ground in 19 countries, Feed the Future has helped 1.8 million people grow agricultural yields and incomes and has reached 8.8 million children through nutrition programs," said Dr. Shah. "I am honored to take part in this year's event and talk about the progress our global development community - led by organizations like Bread for the World and the Alliance to End Hunger - has made towards ending hunger," said Dr. Shah.

 In speaking about Cargill, Ambassador Tony Hall said, “Cargill is a prime example of what a corporate partner should be. The company, and its employees, support programs that reduce hunger and improve livelihoods for families around the world.  And, they do it by partnering with others, sharing their knowledge and working to find local solutions to these complex challenges.”

 Cargill is working to address the complex challenge of feeding the world while at the same time protecting the planet. Cargill advocates for policies that let markets work and enable farmers to thrive; helps expand access to food, improves nutrition and pursues partnerships to end hunger; and works to increase agricultural productivity and incomes while ensuring responsible land use. Over the past five years, Cargill has contributed more than $55 million to reduce hunger and improve nutrition globally.

 “As a company dedicated to nourishing people, Cargill has a significant role to play in working to create a more food-secure world by helping alleviate hunger and ensuring that all the world’s citizens have access to safe, affordable, nutritious food,” said Cargill CEO Greg Page. “We are honored to receive this award and to support the work of Bread for the World and the Alliance to End Hunger.”

 While planning this Nov. 15 gathering to honor anti-hunger champions, the organizers are cognizant of the suffering brought to residents of New York and New Jersey by the recent hurricane.

 "The rapid response of the government to the disaster brought by Hurricane Sandy validates the work of Bread for the World and its partners in protecting programs vital to the safety and well-being of Americans, programs such as SNAP and emergency food aid," said Rev. Beckmann.

 For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized 13 storm-affected states to issue replacement benefits to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) who lost food because of Sandy.  The agency also authorized an extra two weeks of benefits for SNAP recipients in and around New York City – a benefit totaling $65 million. In addition, the USDA also rushed emergency food to disaster areas for distribution through food banks and emergency food channels.

 For media accreditation, contact David Rosenthal at The TASC Group at 646-723-4344 or e-mail david@thetascgroup.com.

 The Alliance to End Hunger (www.alliancetoendhunger.org), a Bread for the World affiliate, engages 95 member organizations—including corporations, Jewish and Muslim groups, charities, and universities—in building the political will to overcome hunger.

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. It does more outright lobbying for poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world than any other U.S. organization.

Bread for the World Institute (www.bread.org/institute), a Bread for the World affiliate, provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit Cargill.com and its news center.

  

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Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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