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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


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
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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
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Aug 27, 2014 Lisa Heller
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Aug 27, 2014 Jenifer Winterbine
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Aug 27, 2014 Donna Brown
Aug 27, 2014 Yasiu Kruszynski
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Aug 27, 2014 Dona Gartrell
Aug 27, 2014 Rebecca Garrett
Aug 27, 2014 Gary Gately
Aug 27, 2014 Marisol Arrighetti My son and I , have recently returned to the USA after living abroad many years. The first day I walked into a supermarket, I cried, because food prices have gone up so much, I didn't know how I would be able to afford it, especially fruit and vegetables.
Aug 27, 2014 Lydia Gunn
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Aug 27, 2014 Gonzalo Carpio
Aug 27, 2014 Rita Vaccarino
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Johnson
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Aug 27, 2014 Jaynee Harpe
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Aug 27, 2014 Swantje Willms
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Aug 27, 2014 Linda Wright
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Aug 27, 2014 Carolyn Hill
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Aug 27, 2014 billie scara
Aug 27, 2014 Joan Zimmer
Aug 27, 2014 charmaine Mitchell It breaks my heart to think of people going hungry and I try to donate as much as I can. But we really need to do something nationally to stop this from happening. Everyone should have a basic amount of food without question.
Aug 27, 2014 Lona Sulser
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Aug 27, 2014 SHARON AIKIN
Aug 27, 2014 Judy Hopper Feeding the world is our most important lifelong pursuit

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