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World Food Prize Foundation to Announce Recipient of 2018 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award


Des Moines, IA (September 24, 2018) – In recognition of the late Governor Robert D. Ray’s global humanitarian leadership and in honor of what would have been his 90th birthday, the World Food Prize Foundation will announce and introduce the recipient of the annual Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, in the Iowa Gallery, Second Floor. (The Iowa Gallery features artwork by Iowa artists, all depicting Iowa’s greatest humanitarian and agricultural moments in history. One beautiful painting by Rose Frantzen commemorates Governor Ray’s lifesaving work with the victims of genocide in Cambodia.)

WHAT: Press Briefing with Award Recipient and World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

BACKGROUND: The World Food Prize Foundation established the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award in 2013 in recognition of the exceptional leadership that former Governor Ray demonstrated in dealing with multiple situations affecting refugees in Indochina and to honor him on his birthday (September 26). In doing so, the award was named after the Iowa SHARES campaign, which the Governor created in 1979 to provide desperately needed food and medicine to suffering and dying refugees from Cambodia located in Thailand. Iowa SHARES stands for Iowa Sends Help to Aid Refugees and End Starvation.

The award is given annually to honor an Iowan who has provided significant leadership in confronting hunger and alleviating human suffering, both at home and abroad. The award will be formally presented to the recipient at the Iowa Hunger Summit Luncheon on October 15 in Des Moines.

DETAILS:  Please arrive between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. and use the East Riverwalk Entrance. On site, please contact Nicole Barreca with any questions, at 563-271-2995.

ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 48 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger. For more information about press registration for World Food Prize Week, visit


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