Biden picks Cindy McCain as UN food ambassador

BY: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday tapped  Cindy McCain, the widow of former U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, as the U.S. representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, with the rank of ambassador. Earlier this year, Arizona Republicans voted to censure Cindy McCain and two other members of the state’s GOP, former […]


The 2021 World Food Prize recognizes that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition

BY: - May 22, 2021

Fish and other aquatic foods are integral to diets for more than 1 billion people worldwide. Most of these people live in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, close to rivers, lakes or the sea. In these regions, foods like fresh and dried fish are central to local cuisines, and are […]

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, […]

Iowa doubles down on deer donations amid pandemic

BY: - October 13, 2020

The state has doubled down on its efforts to encourage deer hunters to donate extra meat to others as the coronavirus pandemic continues to leave many Iowans out of work.  The 17-year-old Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program that has distributed up to 4,000 deer a year through food banks. That’s enough for 600,000 meals […]

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. More than 100 lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to boost the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit by 15% — a request Republicans rejected in the $2 […]