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Colin Powell and Kimmie Weeks celebrate USAID's Food for Peace

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the U.S. government will continue to work towards ensuring that no child anywhere in the world goes to sleep hungry. Powell made the commitment when he delivered the keynote speech at programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of USAID's Food for Peace program. Sec. Powell noted: "Food for Peace has done something about [feeding the hungry] for the last 50 years and it will continue to do more and more in the years ahead until every child goes to bed quietly at night, happy, looking forward to tomorrow, and goes to bed with a full stomach, a full stomach that we have helped fill or because we have created conditions in that country.

In remarks following Sec. Powell's keynote address, internationally acclaimed child rights activist, Kimmie Weeks challenged the United States to set new goals to ensure that more food aid was available to the world's hungry within the next 50 years. Kimmie Weeks said: "As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Food for Peace, and as we bask in the success achieved over the last 50 years, we must also remember that even today, 800,000 people around the world are hungry, and we must strive to cut those numbers by over 75% - if not totally eradicate hunger within the next 50 years."

The 50th Anniversary of the Food for Peace program was held under the theme: Bringing Hope to the Hungry: Food Assistance in the New Millennium, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of P.L. 480, the U.S. government's world-wide food assistance program and brought together dignitaries including USAID Administrator Andrew S. Natsios, Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman , Former Senator Bob Dole and George McGovern.