Over sixty years George McGovern fought for the interests of poor and hungry people, from his days as the first head of Food for Peace - where he played a key role in WFP’s creation - through three decades of mobilizing bipartisan support in the United States Congress behind humanitarian assistance and meals at school for poor children everywhere.
George McGovern saw – way before anyone else – how the simple, sustained act of putting a meal in the hands of a poor child at school could change that child’s life and give them a chance at a better future. In his later years he became a passionate advocate for the hungry: there has been no stronger and more steadfast ally in the struggle to uplift the poor and hungry around the world than George McGovern.
We have not just lost a partner but a champion in the war on the hunger, poverty and inequities that cause so much suffering in the world. To his last waking hour, George McGovern never abandoned the good fight – continuing to serve as a vigorous and vigilant champion for the voiceless.
He was a man of enormous compassion and vision.
We will miss him.