URI spins a website to end hunger in America
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 29, 1999 -- The University of Rhode Island
Feinstein Center for a Hunger-Free America is looking for your John Hancock.
As Hancock put his signature on one of America's most important documents-the
Declaration of Independence-you too can jot your signature on an important
historical petition, started by Alan Shawn Feinstein, designed to help eliminate
hunger in America.
The Feinstein petition calls for Congress and the president to make a
commitment to end hunger in this country. URI's Center is seeking 1 million
signatures to show government officials just how many Americans want their
help to end this national disgrace.
To date 357,308 signatures have been collected. To increase support,
URI has placed the petition on the Internet, giving people across the country
the opportunity to sign it electronically. People can also print the petition
to gather additional signatures. The website address is www.uri.edu/volunteer/endhunger/
Alan Shawn Feinstein, benefactor of URI's center, is a nationally-known
philanthropist and humanitarian and founder of the Feinstein Foundation
who is dedicated to the battle to end hunger. He has repeatedly stated:
"To have 35 million people in the greatest, richest country either
go hungry or worry about hunger is a shame. It is our shame."
To deal effectively with hunger in the United States, a team effort is
needed. Policy, activism, and research are all necessary.
The statistics on URI's website are sobering:
· 20 million people in this country are hungry.
· 10 million American children are malnourished.
· 4 million children under 12 are going hungry.
· One in 10 American households are experiencing hunger.
URI's Feinstein Center for a Hunger-free America wants to enlist a multitude
of soldiers in this important battle. Won't you sign on? For more information,
call Kathy Cevoli, interim coordinator, at 401-277-5427.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116