Senate Hunger Caucus

Victor Matheson

In: Encyclopedia of World Poverty

Senate Hunger Caucus

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  • THE SENATE HUNGER Caucus is a bipartisan group of U.S. senators who have joined together to promote antihunger causes. Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat, and Gordon Smith, an Oregon Republican, formed the caucus in June 2004. In the words of the cofounders, the Senate Hunger Caucus was formed “to bring awareness to national and international hunger issues, serve as a forum for members and staff to receive information through briefings about hunger issues, create a coalition of senators to support nonpartisan initiatives to help address hunger, and serve as a vehicle for local, state, and national antihunger nonprofits to communicate to Congress about hunger issues.” As of the summer of 2005, the caucus listed 33 senators as members and was chaired by Senators Lincoln, Smith, ...

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