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Senate Hunger Caucus

The Senate Hunger Caucus was formed in 2004 as a bipartisan organization to make hunger in the United States and the world a main focus of federal policy and attention. The original caucus was formed by Senators Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat from Arkansas, and Gordon Smith, a Republican from Oregon. The caucus currently has four cochairs, two Democrats and two Republicans, with up to 24 members. Membership is voluntary. At present, eight members are Republicans, 15 are Democrats, and one member, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is independent.

While direct legislative action by the caucus has not been forthcoming there is activity by individual senators working with hunger alleviation organizations within their home states, and caucus members have participated in multiple antihunger events.

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