STATEMENT: Share Our Strength’s Bill Shore on President Obama’s Remarks on the American Economy

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STATEMENT: Share Our Strength’s Bill Shore on President Obama’s Remarks on the American Economy

“We need a comprehensive and coordinated attack on the childhood hunger that affects health, educational achievement and our economic competitiveness.”

July 24, 2013

Contact: Christy Felling
Phone: 202.320.4483
Email: cfelling@strength.org

Washington, D.C. — In his economic remarks at Knox College this afternoon, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the American economy. He put forth his cornerstones of middle-class security stating, “I’m going to make the case for why we need to rebuild ladders of opportunity for all those Americans still trapped in poverty…We are not a people who allow chance of birth to decide life’s big winners and losers; and after years in which we’ve seen how easy it can be for any of us to fall on hard times, we cannot turn our backs when bad breaks hit any of our fellow citizens.” Bill Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, released the following statement:

“President Obama today laid out a vision for the future of the American economy that is far more inclusive than anything in the national discourse so far.  Now the specific policies to implement that vision must meet the test of whether or not they also reach the most vulnerable and voiceless. If the President’s commitment to reducing poverty and inequality includes a comprehensive and coordinated attack on the childhood hunger that affects health, educational achievement and our economic competitiveness, then this could be an historic turning point for the 23% of American children who live in poverty today.”

To speak with Billy Shore on this topic, contact Christy Felling at cfelling@strength.org or 202.32.4483.

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About Share Our Strength

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

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