George McGovern’s death is a cause of great sadness, but his life and accomplishments are a cause for celebration as well as a reminder of much that is great about America.
Among his greatest accomplishments were his Herculean efforts to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Today’s food stamp, WIC, school lunch and breakfast programs, McGovern-Dole International School Nutrition Program, and others owe their reach, strength, and integrity to George McGovern’s vision, dedication, political skill and perseverance.
As George McGovern knew and taught us, the fight against hunger was not just about eradicating the moral blight of unnecessary suffering. It was also about helping people to fulfill their potential – to learn, to grow, to be healthy. Tens of millions of children and adults in the U.S. and around the world live much better lives today because they have benefitted over the years from the efforts that George McGovern championed beginning nearly 50 years ago. His impact on the world has been and will continue to be profound.