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Senator Richard Lugar to Receive 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., December 16, 2010 – The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) will present the 2011 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, former chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and a champion of domestic and international nutrition and anti-hunger causes.
The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition is presented each year to an individual whose work has contributed toward helping the world's poorest children receive adequate nutrition, thrive and reach their full potential. Past recipients have included Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern, former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and former United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Catherine Bertini.
Sen. Lugar, the ninth recipient of the award, will receive the honor at GCNF’s annual A Possible Dream Gala, on Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Recognizing the importance of federal child nutrition programs to the well-being and academic success of America’s young people, Senator Lugar has been an advocate for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. He led the fight to protect the programs in mid-1990s and was an ardent supporter of Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation P.L. 296 over the three years leading to its passage this month. A former Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Lugar also led initiatives to streamline the U.S. Department of Agriculture and reform the food stamp program.
Senator Lugar has taken the anti-hunger fight to the global stage, serving as a voice for international food aid and development programs. He joined Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) in co-chairing a Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force on the Global Food Crisis that has called for a strategic U.S. approach. The two have co-sponsored the Global Food Security Act of 2009, designed to promote food security by increasing resources for long-term rural development and poverty alleviation; enhancing human and institutional capacity; establishing a Global Food Security Strategy; and improving the U.S. emergency response to food crises.
A fifth generation Hoosier, Sen. Lugar was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and won a sixth term in 2006. He is the U.S. Senate's most senior Republican and longest serving U.S. Senator in Indiana history.
The Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), established in 2006 as the international arm of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping developing countries build sustainable, country-owned and operated school feeding programs by sharing best practices, providing technical assistance and education, applying research, developing policy and organizing annual Global Forums on school feeding programs. GCNF’s work is organized in three areas: technical assistance and training; research and special studies; and communications and network building.
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