The global development and relief organization Save the Children honored U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) this week with its Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award for 2013.
The award is bestowed on members of the U.S. Congress who show outstanding leadership, extraordinary commitment and vigorous support for helping children in need in the United States and around the world.
“We are honored to recognize Congressman McGovern for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of children in need,” said Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles.
“As a co-chair of both the Congressional Hunger Center and the Hunger Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, he has demonstrated a profound commitment in the fight to end hunger, and to supporting the most marginalized children and families. Given the personal commitment I feel to making sure no child goes hungry, I am especially pleased to honor Congressman McGovern.”[ Also Read: Carolyn Miles Visits Syrian Refugees in Jordan ]
McGovern’s work on the reauthorization of the U.S. child nutrition bill, as well as on the development and implementation of the “Roadmap to End Global Hunger” has been instrumental in reducing hunger and increasing food security.
He also has been a consistent champion in obtaining funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, helping to support education, child development, and food security for some of the world’s poorest children.[ Also Read: Teens Embracing Social Media to Fight Hunger ]
“I believe that many of the problems facing children in need in the U.S. and around the world — especially hunger — are the result of a lack of political will to find a solution,” said McGovern. “Save the Children does remarkable work advocating for children whose voices often go unheard, and I am incredibly humbled by this award.”
McGovern was presented the award Wednesday during Save the Children’s Advocacy Summit, an annual event on Capitol Hill that mobilizes individuals from across the country to lend their voice on behalf of children in need in the U.S. and around the world.