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Foundation Launched to Facilitate International School Feeding Efforts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Erik Peterson, ext. 124
Contact: (703) 739-3900
epeterson@schoolnutrition.org

Foundation Launched to Facilitate International School Feeding Efforts

LOS ANGELES (July 18, 2006) – “Pay attention to the hungry, both in this country and around the world. Pay attention to the poor... We are our brother’s keeper,”former Senator George McGovern along with former School Nutrition Association president Gene White and many more announced the creation of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) today during the School Nutrition Association’s 60th Annual National Conference in Los Angeles, Calif.

School feeding programs in over 70 countries provide nutritious meals to children, increase attendance at school and improve children’s ability to learn. With 300 million children around the world suffering from hunger, the need for sustained and effective school feeding programs continues to grow. The new Foundation will provide the infrastructure and training necessary to establish and support global school feeding efforts.

The ability to harness the collective strength of child nutrition advocates to effect positive change throughout the world - to make a real difference in the lives of children worldwide - is at the heart of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation. The Foundation is designed to build and support a global network of child nutrition advocates committed to expanding access to school and community-based nutrition programs.

The premise behind the Foundation is simple…but powerful: the Foundation can pull together the people and resources needed to help where assistance is needed; to provide training, networks and technical assistance to develop and sustain school feeding programs in countries around the world.

The Foundation will serve as the nucleus for all of SNA’s current global activities. It will work to expand these programs, create new opportunities and establish permanent funding for global child nutrition outreach, thereby assuring the maximum impact on children. The new Foundation will collaborate with and complement the activities of like-minded organizations committed to expanding access to school and community-based nutrition programs.

In the coming year a capital campaign will seek to raise additional funding for the new Foundation while the interim Board of Directors begins laying the ground work for the first initiatives. The Interim Board includes Gene White, Chair, Barbara S. Belmont, Secretary/Treasurer, The Honorable George McGovern, Mr. Jim Morris, Executive Director, WFP, Mr. Chuck Rumbarger, CEO, Association Management Group, Mr. Calvin Brink, President, Schwan’s Global Food Service and Rhona Applebaum, PhD., VP Science and Regulatory Affairs, the Coca Cola Company.

The Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA.) SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.

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