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McGovern and Project Bread Launch Hospital Hunger Initiative
Date:11/9/2009

Campaign Backed by USDA Secretary Vilsack, Governor Patrick, and Lieutenant Governor Murray

BOSTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a groundbreaking move for antihunger work, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Worcester) called for all of the state's hospitals to take an active role in helping hungry patients in their care.

"With 554,000 people in Massachusetts now food insecure," said McGovern at today's press conference at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, "we have a problem that spurs us to seek nontraditional partners capable of relieving hunger -- and chief among these are hospitals."

Lending their support to today's event were USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack, Governor Deval L. Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, and Project Bread's Ellen Parker, creating a united front in support of McGovern's hospital campaign.

Said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, "President Obama and I are committed to improving the nutrition and health of all Americans, but particularly children, which is why we are looking forward to working with Congress to improve the health and nutrition of America's families through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The collaborative effort we are celebrating at today's event, and others like it, will play a key role in eliminating the barriers that keep families from participating in nutrition programs and reduce food insecurity in our communities."

To a packed room of antihunger activists, hospital providers, and media, McGovern unveiled a new handbook, written and produced by Project Bread in partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care, that takes a practical, hands-on approach to put his idea into action. The book, which is being distributed through the Massachusetts Hospital Association, called "Hunger in the Community: Ways Hospitals Can Help," provides hospital workers with all the information they need to get a program started. It includes a li
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