October 25, 2012
In this Issue
CFPA Welcomes New Board
Acknowledging the Passing of
a Champion of Nutrition
In the News
Survey: Drinking Water Compliance Eludes Some
NBC Bay Area
Kids Support, But Don't Always Eat, New School
CFPA Welcomes New Board Members|
CFPA is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of
Directors, effective immediately. These members each bring valuable skills and
experience to the organization:
Phyllis Bramson, MPAA. Phyllis has been a leader in
nutrition and health for several decades. Most recently, she was the Director of
Nutrition Services for California's Department of Education.
Jasmine Marrow, MPP. Jasmine Marrow is a Manager of
Philanthropedia Research at GuideStar. Among the many skills she brings to the
Board are non-profit evaluation and community engagement.
Dr. Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS. Dr. Seligman is a
general internist at San Francisco General Hospital. She is an expert on food
insecurity and is also affiliated with the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment,
Study, and Treatment.
For more information on our Board or to inquire
about Board service,
Full list of Board members.
Acknowledging the Passing of a Champion
Our colleagues at the Food Research
and Action Center detailed the legacy of George McGovern earlier this week.
CPFA alert subscriber and former McGovern staffer,
Nancy Amidei, offers these comments on Senator McGovern's many contributions:
In June of 1967, five pediatricians testified before
a U.S. Senate Committee after examining several thousand poor children across
They said in part:
"...we saw children who were
hungry and sick, children for whom hunger is a daily fact of life, and sickness
in many forms, an inevitability. The children we saw were more than just
malnourished. They were hungry, weak, apathetic. Their lives being
shortened...they are suffering from hunger and disease, and directly or
indirectly, they are dying from them -- which is exactly what 'starvation'
That testimony shocked the Congress and the nation,
and led directly to the creation of a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition
and Human Needs, which George McGovern then Chaired. The Committee drew from two
standing Committees: Labor and Public Welfare, and the Agriculture Committee -
so, that meant, it included urban liberals as well as rural conservatives. Under
McGovern, the Committee was able to find common ground. It left the fight in the
Senate to change the federal response from handing out surplus tins of margarine
and blocks of surplus cheese, to one in which a full range of federal food
programs was in place to help alleviate hunger. These are programs we now take
for granted (e.g. WIC, School Lunch and Breakfast, Senior Nutrition, SNAP...)
but in those days they either didn't exist, or existed just as pilot projects.
George McGovern turned out to be the perfect
Committee Chair. Because he'd grown up poor, surrounded by hard-working people,
he didn't judge the families he met during 'hunger field hearings'...didn't talk
down to anyone. He treated everyone with courtesy, was always polite...and then
back in the Senate he was politically savvy in making the case to his (often
resistant, often judgmental) colleagues.
Nothing in Congress is the result of just one
person, but George McGovern came close. Without his careful, thoughtful,
principled leadership, millions of people would very likely go hungry today.
He was a fine, thoughtful, smart, good man. RIP.