Levin Statement on Nobel Peace Prize for World Food Program

October 9, 2020
Press Release

WARREN, MI – Congressman Andy Levin today released the following statement after the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the World Food Program the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize:

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the dedicated employees of the World Food Program for winning the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic has caused food scarcity, food insecurity, and famine to spread, it is essential that we return food to the center of our national conversation.

“Access to nutritious food is a human right and a cornerstone of a healthy life. Good food reduces the risk of numerous health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. A lack of food has devastating consequences. Undernutrition contributes to 45 percent of deaths among children under 5 worldwide. Unhealthy processed food is not a solution to this problem: nearly 40 million children across the world are overweight or obese, which can lead to health complications throughout their lives. That’s why it’s so important to support and celebrate organizations like the World Food Program for their commitment to providing sustainable, nutritious food to those with the least access.

“As the COVID-19 global recession continues, we must be vigilant in our efforts to ensure food access for families. Sadly, we don’t even need to look beyond our shores: nearly 30 percent of households with children in the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity. The World Food Program has estimated a number just as shocking for the global population: 265 million people may face life-threatening food insecurity by the end of the year.

“These challenges are massive, but we know how to address them. We need to center living wages everywhere and empower working people and small farmers, so that they can provide for their families and communities. We need to recommit to a multilateralism that enables us to respond to crises around the world. We need a public health response at home and abroad that understands we aren’t just fighting a virus – we’re also fighting famine and hunger caused by one of the worst recessions in history.”