SPEARFISH, SD – This week Spearfish Mayor John Senden joined more than 210 other mayors from 49 states and the District of Columbia in a nonpartisan coalition called the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, which taps the individual and collective leadership of mayors to take meaningful action to end childhood hunger in cities nationwide.
In the United States today, nearly 11 million children live in families considered food insecure.
Sadly, childhood hunger happens every day, in every community,” Mayor Senden said. “
The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger members receive monthly newsletters with information and resources on child hunger, best practices, communications tools, and opportunities to engage in collective advocacy to address child hunger.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, state, local and national leaders took urgent action to fight childhood hunger – tactics that worked to stave off greater rates of food insecurity despite the severe economic hardships brought on by the pandemic. The Mayors Alliance harnesses the collective expertise of mayors from across the political spectrum to continue driving change at the state and national level.
The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger is a partner of the national nonprofit Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry campaign.
Mayors have witnessed firsthand the hardship their constituents are facing, and their cities are on the frontlines of responding to the short and long-term impacts of hunger in their communities,” said Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. “
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen mayors address child hunger in a variety of creative ways, like advocating for and strengthening nutrition programs, to creating innovative public-private partnerships and growing awareness of the systemic connections between poverty, racism and hunger.”
For more information about the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, please visit: www.mayorshungeralliance.org.