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Goal: 25,000 Progress: 2,065
Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

The right to food ensures peoples' right to access adequate food sources and feed themselves in dignity. It protects all humans from hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition. Today, 106 countries recognize the right to food through either constitutional agreements or the approval of various international treaties that protect the right to food.

The United States is one of few nations left in the world that has made no recognition to the right to food. Feeding America estimates that there are approximately 49 million Americans living in food insecure households: 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children. That's approximately 14.5% of American households, or 1 in 6 people, struggling with hunger in the "land of plenty".

As a nation that claims a superior human rights record, this is simply unconscionable. No one should go hungry in the wealthiest nation in the world.

It's time the United States led by example in the fight against hunger rather than trailing far behind the rest of the world. Tell President Obama and UN Ambassador Samantha Power you support the recognition of the right to food and ask them to draft legislation or approve international treaties that protect this critical human right.

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Dear President Obama and Ambassador Power,

I am stunned to discover that the United States is currently in an extreme minority of nations which do not recognize the right to food. With approximately 49 million Americans living in food insecure households, one in six Americans is struggling with hunger and malnutrition while being denied this critical human right.

Hunger robs people of their health and productivity. It is one of humanity's most basic needs. As a result, the right to food is of extreme importance to the wellbeing of the United States' people.

I urge you both to work together to find the best avenue available, whether through national legislation or the approval of international treaties, to make the right to food a reality in the United States. The recognition of this right is an investment in the wellbeing and future of the nation.

Please, make the right to food a national priority and help end from hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition in the "land of plenty".

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Sep 18, 2014 Brenda McDowell
Sep 18, 2014 Diipti Shah
Sep 17, 2014 Miranda Honey
Sep 17, 2014 Oscar Landé
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Barbra Clark
Sep 15, 2014 Gail Runnels
Sep 15, 2014 Arlene Kelly
Sep 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 12, 2014 Judith Pepper
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 Karen Barnes
Sep 10, 2014 Theresa Fletcher
Sep 9, 2014 Deanne Swaringen
Sep 9, 2014 Natalie Gagnon
Sep 9, 2014 Stan Baker
Sep 9, 2014 Barbara Ehrlich
Sep 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2014 Greatest Ever
Sep 8, 2014 Paula Yates Change that to a right to nutritious, healthy food; NOT that fake stuff or low quality stuff they try to say is food.
Sep 6, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Sep 4, 2014 Kimberly Myhre
Sep 4, 2014 julie wylie there is enough food and clean water for every single person on this planet people need homes and other stuff
Sep 4, 2014 Jessie Bowen
Sep 4, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Sep 4, 2014 Patricia Sullivan
Sep 4, 2014 C E Krause
Sep 4, 2014 Jennifer Wellington
Sep 4, 2014 Joel Quaintance
Sep 4, 2014 maureen oshea
Sep 4, 2014 Bryna Schreier
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) Make Right to Food a national priority.
Aug 30, 2014 Lori Mccracken
Aug 29, 2014 Deborah Cox
Aug 29, 2014 Tracey McCullough
Aug 29, 2014 dieke coumans
Aug 29, 2014 Marti May
Aug 29, 2014 Lorna Davies
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 HEBE MARTORELLA
Aug 28, 2014 Sharon Sutton
Aug 28, 2014 Robin Bressler
Aug 28, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Aug 28, 2014 Pamela Lyons
Aug 28, 2014 dogan ozkan
Aug 27, 2014 Lisa Heller
Aug 27, 2014 gypsy adams

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