A Founding Father Of WFP: Remembering George McGovern
"He was a founding father of our organization, our first Goodwill Ambassador, and a lifelong advocate for the hungry poor." WFP Exectuive Director Ertharin Cousin
"Today, 31 million children will participate in the school lunch program thanks to the tireless efforts of Senator McGovern...His influence in fighting hunger extended far and wide." Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole
U.S. Senator George McGovern served as the first director of the Food for Peace initiative, appointed by President John F. Kennedy. He played an instrumental part in setting up the World Food Programme, now the world's largest humanitarian aid agency.
It was during the 1990's that McGovern formed a partnership with former senator Bob Dole to revive and improve school feeding programmes around the world. This work would lead to their recognition with the World Food Prize in 2008.
In 2001, McGovern became the first Goodwill Ambassador for WFP - making multiple visits to the field to interact with the children and families whose lives he had improved.
McGovern turned 90 in July, after a lifetime of serving others and working to improve child nutrition.
"He served and benefited millions of hungry people around the world. They might not know his name, but they are living another day because of George McGovern." WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
Senator George McGovern played a critical role in the founding of WFP, and later became its first Goodwill Ambassador, working for years to fight against hunger and improve child malnutrition.