Proclamation 5527 -- World Food Day, 1986
By the President of the United States of America
We Americans are blessed with nature's bounty. As children, our first prayers teach us to give thanks for the abundance we enjoy. We take for granted our full tables and the peace and security in which we enjoy them.
unfortunately, many do not share in our abundance. Hunger stemming from poverty
and famine retains its cruel grip in many parts of the world, especially in
nobility of our purpose was made manifest in the great outpouring of aid
Americans gave spontaneously to the victims of the African famine. Our help,
both public and private, saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Last year, rain
world is making progress in ending hunger, albeit slowly. In some countries,
civil strife and socialist policies continue to fuel famine. We must continue
to work towards peace and incentive policies if we are to eliminate famine
caused by poverty, drought, environmental decline, and inappropriate economic
policies. Many governments throughout the world have recognized that the health
of their nations and their people depends on a strong agriculture, based on
free enterprise and competitive markets. To this end, my Administration has
encouraged policy reform efforts throughout the world, through our economic
assistance programs as well as a new Food for Progress program, under which we provide
its birth as a nation, the
Today, millions of Americans in more than 3,000 communities will participate in a variety of World Food Day activities. The spirit of voluntarism has never shone more brightly throughout our Nation.
I ask that the American people use this day to reaffirm their commitment to ending world hunger. Ending hunger throughout the world will require a long-term commitment of the public and the private sectors, of people and their governments, and of developing and donor countries. The technological solutions to end world hunger are known to man; now we must demonstrate that we have the will to eliminate hunger and its primary source, poverty.
In recognition of the desire and commitment of the American people to end world hunger, the Congress, by Public Law 99 - 288, has designated October 16, 1986, as ``World Food Day'' and has authorized the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of September,
in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the
with the Office of the Federal Register, ,
Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 19.