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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,

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Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Terri Fleming
Jun 27, 2015 n. gottlieb
Jun 26, 2015 Maureen Rodriguez
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
Jun 24, 2015 Toni Soderholm
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 17, 2015 Katrina Bradley
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Jun 17, 2015 Annie Smit
Jun 16, 2015 Tania Pogiatzoglou
Jun 16, 2015 Richard Lafferty
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Jun 14, 2015 Martin Bryant
Jun 12, 2015 S. Marsh
Jun 11, 2015 Mahboobeh Mohebkhah Siahmezgi
Jun 9, 2015 Rita camaño
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Jun 8, 2015 Lucy Bruce-Whitaker
Jun 8, 2015 Rachael Pappano
Jun 8, 2015 Jennifer Polizzi
Jun 5, 2015 helen bright
Jun 4, 2015 Nancy Cohen
Jun 4, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jun 3, 2015 Sara Tanhoff
Jun 2, 2015 Susana Careaga
Jun 2, 2015 Karl Paloucek
May 30, 2015 Victoria Pitchford
May 30, 2015 Maria Simao
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May 28, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
May 28, 2015 LuAnn Wherry
May 28, 2015 Arkady Vyatchanin
May 28, 2015 Lee Trujillo-López
May 28, 2015 Lanta Newton
May 28, 2015 Teresa Richardson
May 28, 2015 Shannon Roscoe
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May 23, 2015 Nicholas Kenney
May 23, 2015 William Jelbert This is a human right. Through collective kindness we will make the world a happier, less hungry place.
May 22, 2015 mary Anne Kornbau
May 22, 2015 delores peddycoart
May 22, 2015 courtney jensen
May 22, 2015 Kerry Baron Everyone HAS a right to food. To allow a child to go to bed hungry is a mortal sin. Our government must guarantee that no child goes hungry. How do we expect children to do well in school, if they are forced to study when hungry?
May 22, 2015 Karen Rodriguez
May 22, 2015 ethel baron
May 22, 2015 wendy berry
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May 22, 2015 Harriet Petti

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