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Goal: 25,000 Progress: 5,005
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


Mar 26, 2015 Laura Espinosa-Draper
Mar 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2015 Wayne Brumley
Mar 22, 2015 chenie kaur
Mar 21, 2015 Praneetha Kurmala
Mar 20, 2015 Gloria Holoiday
Mar 20, 2015 mia utzinger
Mar 19, 2015 Diane McCoy
Mar 19, 2015 Roseline Nizzoli
Mar 18, 2015 katherine carlyle
Mar 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 17, 2015 Susanna Pohto
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Ashley Tate
Mar 16, 2015 Paul Stanfield no one on this planet should starve from lack of food, particularly children
Mar 16, 2015 Roberto Angarita
Mar 16, 2015 Adina Higdon
Mar 16, 2015 Donna Williams
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Christine Lok People need food to live and thrive. We need to wipe out starvation in our country.
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Sandee Carranza
Mar 16, 2015 Sharon Ross
Mar 16, 2015 Susan Myers Nobody should go hungry! Especially in the land of plenty! Yet, food stamp program is being overhauled to prevent people from qualifying! You must assure that no child goes to bed hungry!
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Debi Drewes
Mar 16, 2015 Ellie Taylor
Mar 16, 2015 Marty Farr
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Thomas Byrum
Mar 16, 2015 Michele Schwellinger I know how it feels to be hungry and not have money for food. No one in the United States should have to feel that pain.NO ONE.
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2015 Buffy Reilly
Mar 16, 2015 Romona Smith No one should go hungry in our United States as long as obesity is a problem here. Gluttony is a sin.
Mar 16, 2015 PATRICIA MOORE
Mar 16, 2015 (Name not displayed) Hunger is not acceptable in this day and age when more food is wasted than reached hungry stomachs around the globe.
Mar 16, 2015 patricia kuczynski
Mar 16, 2015 Annette Jerome What is this world coming to when we have to write a petition to take care of people who don't have food? So sad. Yet we pay athletes and actors/actresses millions of dollars.
Mar 16, 2015 Ashlee Knotts If we are able to feed the hungry, we should.
Mar 16, 2015 andrew southworth
Mar 16, 2015 louise lagerman
Mar 16, 2015 robin lamonde everyone should have a right to food.
Mar 16, 2015 cecilia oberholzer
Mar 14, 2015 Eileen King
Mar 12, 2015 Naomi Curtis
Mar 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2015 Rebecca N-F
Mar 10, 2015 Jill Hissom
Mar 10, 2015 Bill Nice

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