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Norman Borlaug's 101st Birthday Celebrated with Iowa Hunger Directory Publication

03/24/2015

One year ago, the State of Iowa installed Norman Borlaug's Statue in the U.S. Capitol, upholding him as one of our state's greatest heroes. The Iowa Hunger Directory connects hunger-fighting organizations and volunteers statewide and in its second year, now lists 450 organizations.

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Amb. Quinn explains the purpose of the Iowa Hunger Directory

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Des Moines, Iowa (March 25, 2015) – On Wednesday, March 25, the World Food Prize Foundation will celebrate what would have been Norman Borlaug’s 101st birthday by publishing the second annual Iowa Hunger Directory, connecting hunger fighters and volunteers statewide. 

“One year ago, we celebrated the Borlaug Centennial by installing Norm's statue in the U.S. Capitol as an inspiration to all. Norm believed with all his heart that we as individuals have the power to end hunger. And he knew it could start right here in his home state of Iowa, with the leadership of everyday citizens,” said Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation. 

“To continue working toward his dream, we’re pleased to honor him today, on his 101st birthday, by issuing the second annual Iowa Hunger Directory to connect people who can work together to eradicate hunger both at home and abroad," Quinn said.

The Iowa Hunger Directory is an extension of the Iowa Hunger Summit, and is updated online year round.  It now lists 450 Iowa organizations, and the website includes a profile of each organization, a map to locate organizations in your community, and a calendar of upcoming hunger fighting events and volunteer opportunities. 

All of the interactive online tools and an updated, printable version of the Iowa Hunger Directory are now available at www.iowahungerdirectory.org

To register your organization for the Iowa Hunger Directory, visit www.worldfoodprize.org/shareyourstory. You can also submit an event at www.worldfoodprize.org/shareyourevent. Please contact Stephen Lauer at 515-245-3730 or slauer@worldfoodprize.org with questions or feedback, or to sign up to receive the e-newsletter that features stories of Iowans fighting hunger twice each month. 

Background:

Norman Borlaug, born in Iowa in 1914, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work developing more productive wheat varieties and staving off hunger in many parts of the world. The State of Iowa placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol one year ago today. Borlaug created the World Food Prize to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in feeding the world. 

In 2007, Borlaug started the Iowa Hunger Summit, with four Iowa governors serving as honorary co-chairs, to celebrate Iowa’s great successes in fighting hunger and poverty at home and abroad, and to unite in further action against both. Every year, the Iowa Hunger Summit, a free, one-day event, is held in conjunction with the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue symposium and Laureate Award Ceremony. 

Iowa Hunger Facts:

  • 1 in 8 Iowans are food insecure.
  • 1 in 5 Iowa children does not have enough to eat. 
  • 389,730 Iowans live at or below the poverty level.

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