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In His Own Words: Vilsack to Target Child Hunger

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Shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack was confirmed unanimouslyby the Senate as the new Secretary of Agriculture.

Last week, during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Vilsack said he would make child hunger and nutrition a priority.

He also said that he would coordinate with the President, who pledged to end domestic child hunger by 2015 during his campaign.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plays a huge role in administering domestic hunger relief.  Their own data estimates that, during 2007, 12.4 million children lived in food insecure households and that nearly 700,000 children went hungry.

With child nutrition programs up for reauthorization, Vilsack۪s leadership will be crucial towards putting a dent in our nation۪s child hunger crisis.

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