MONTGOMERY, Alabama (April 30, 2013) – Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey launched the “Ending Child Hunger in Alabama” campaign at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School in Montgomery on Monday. “Ending Child Hunger in Alabama” is the first initiative of the newly established Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University. Lieutenant Governor Ivey serves as the campaign spokesperson.

“It is an uncomfortable truth that children in our state, our counties, and even our own neighborhoods are hungry; and they may not know where their next meal may come from. As Lieutenant Governor, I cannot sit back and know children in our state are going hungry. It is time to take action. I am pleased to join this collaborative effort to address the pressing issue of child hunger and food insecurity,” said Lieutenant Governor Ivey.

The goal of the campaign is to move Alabama into the top 25 percent of states with the highest degree of child food security by 2020. Currently, nearly one-third of Alabama children live in families that experience food hardships.

The campaign will focus on implementing and/or strengthening strategies that increase Alabama families’ economic stability; cultivate a strong regional food system; improve the food assistance safety net for children; support community action to increase children’s health and prevent obesity; and build public will to end childhood hunger.

“Ending Child Hunger in Alabama” is a collaborative effort by the Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Alabama Possible-Alabama Poverty Project, United Way of Central Alabama, Children’s of Alabama, Bay Area Food Bank, and E.A.T. South.

Contact: Katy Sulhoff
(334) 590-2671