During his visit to campus today, George McGovern took time out to visit the Geneva Community Lunch Program as well as Geneva Head Start.
April 11, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— Former U.S. Senator George McGovern’s visit to Hobart and William Smith Colleges has included much more than his scheduled public talk tonight.
McGovern, war hero, 22-year U.S. Senator, 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, and long-standing advocate of hunger relief, will present a talk titled “Ending Hunger in Our Time” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in Albright Auditorium at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The event is free. The public is invited.
During his time in Geneva, McGovern visited the Geneva Community Lunch Program while the volunteers were serving lunch. In the afternoon McGovern visited Geneva Head Start. He read “Inch by Inch,” by Leo Lionni, a classic book about an inchworm proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun. Head Start is a child development program which serves children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. The program aims to increase the school readiness of children in low-income families.
Before coming to campus, McGovern gave a talk on hunger at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in Grant Auditorium at Syracuse University through the University Lecture Series. McGovern led the discussion along with U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass. Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will participate and introduce McGovern at the Syracuse event.
In conjunction with McGovern’s visit to campus, the Office of Public Service is sponsoring a food drive in recognition of McGovern’s commitment to ending hunger. They ask those attending the Thursday night talk to bring can goods or non-perishable items. The food will be donated to the Geneva Food Pantry.
McGovern currently serves as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), working on behalf of American farmers and hungry children throughout the world. He recently authored a best-selling book on the topic, “The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger in Our Time,” in which he proposes a five-point plan for ending hunger in the world by 2030.
For many Americans, he’s remembered for his courage in speaking out against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.