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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


Aug 2, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
Aug 2, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
Aug 2, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Aug 1, 2015 Linee DeMouy
Aug 1, 2015 nikki halverson
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Gina Tlamsa
Jul 30, 2015 Lorena Songcayawon
Jul 30, 2015 Olga Madzarevic
Jul 29, 2015 Dana Earnest
Jul 28, 2015 colleen borgesano
Jul 27, 2015 Mary Morgan
Jul 24, 2015 Pamela Welch
Jul 23, 2015 Georgia P Williams Everyone has a basic right to food! And we have it available. If only we'd give it to those who go hungry, instead of dumping it! What excuse is there for that?
Jul 22, 2015 Linda Viera Why do we have hunger in our country???? I work at a school that services poverty stricken families. Many of our kids only eat breakfast and lunch . Don't see how what they feed them could be nutritious! Most go all weekend w/o food!!!!
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2015 Maribel Lafuente
Jul 21, 2015 Jovita Fuentes In this country of the USA, where resources are immense, we should not have people who.go hungry and homeless.
Jul 19, 2015 Antonino Gentile
Jul 18, 2015 Reneda Baer There is absolutely NO reason for anyone going without food. Such a basic necessity should always be available. Before we even consider helping in any other way, food insecurity EVERYWHERE should be resolved.
Jul 18, 2015 Connie Newcombe
Jul 16, 2015 Paul Hatarik
Jul 16, 2015 Victoria Miniaci
Jul 14, 2015 (Name not displayed) Food is a necessity and everyone should have the right to eat.
Jul 14, 2015 El Sierzega
Jul 11, 2015 Sandra Ainsley
Jul 6, 2015 Carissa Harper
Jul 6, 2015 john crouch
Jul 6, 2015 Robin Dosanjh
Jul 5, 2015 Marci Turner
Jul 5, 2015 Chris Sterry
Jul 4, 2015 Sandra Loud
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2015 Justine Walsh We need to institute the right to food. We have a constitution that offers a ray of rights, and the right to food needs to be instituted into our constitution !
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2015 Toni Smith
Jul 2, 2015 Sally Friedman
Jul 1, 2015 Jose Barrios Vanegas
Jul 1, 2015 Jean Potter
Jul 1, 2015 Debbie Fredricks
Jul 1, 2015 Melynda Quinn
Jul 1, 2015 Dmitra Tardy
Jul 1, 2015 Vikki Fielden
Jul 1, 2015 Barbara Whitsitt
Jul 1, 2015 Linda Poole
Jul 1, 2015 Erin Millikin
Jul 1, 2015 Mo! Langdon
Jul 1, 2015 Kathleen Tashiro

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