Thanks to Montana Governor Steve Bullock who chairs the National Governors Association I was invited to address a private lunch meeting of the nation’s governors at their annual winter session in Washington yesterday. It was an incredible opportunity to underscore that childhood hunger is a solvable problem and that governors are the key. We showcased state efforts that have resulted in 4 million more kids than in the 2007-08 school year now getting school breakfast.
Dozens of governors, Democrat and Republican, some newly sworn in and others veteran officeholders, committed to advance our efforts. Share Our Strength also hosted a panel for First Spouses about activating No Kid Hungry strategies in their states.
We could not have had a warmer reception. The result will be millions more kids getting the food, nutrition, and the enhanced educational opportunities that go with them. Thanks to the many Share Our Strength supporters whose hard work and generosity creates such opportunities. And special thanks to my colleagues on the Share Our Strength staff who worked so hard before and during the NGA meeting and represent us so well with America’s governors.