Mayors Across the US Unite to End Childhood Hunger

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cities are on the frontlines of responding to the short and long-term impacts of hunger in their communities and mayors have witnessed firsthand the hardship their constituents face. On this episode of Add Passion and Stir, we speak with two mayors leading the fight against child hunger. Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond, Virginia and Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Arizona are the inaugural Chair and Vice Chair of the new Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger. The Alliance is a nonpartisan coalition of more than 50 mayors working in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger.

Members of the Alliance will engage in collective advocacy to address child hunger at state and federal levels. Mayors Stoney and Giles have a lot of hope about what this group can do to transcend partisan politics.

“I think sometimes people try to define an issue like childhood hunger as a political issue between Democrats and Republicans. When you’re in this role as mayor, you find out that this is about humanity and how we treat our children and our families with dignity,” says Mayor Stoney.

“The biggest tool that I have in my toolbox is the ability to convene… mayors are in a uniquely powerful position to connect the needs of the community with the resources of the community,” Mayor Giles remarks.

Join us to learn more about their current efforts and ideas for the future.

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Mayor Levar Stoney

Levar Stoney

Mayor
At just 40 years old, Mayor Levar Stoney is serving his second term as Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. In addition to being the inaugural Chair of the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, he serves as the Chair of the US Conference of Mayors Children, Health, and Human Services Committee.
Mayor John Giles

John Giles

Mayor
Mayor John Giles was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and is currently serving his second term as Mayor. Along with serving as the inaugural VICE Chair of the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, he is a member of the US Conference of Mayors Board of Trustees as Chair of their Immigration Task Force, and a member of the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness.

Mayor’s Alliance to End Childhood Hunger

The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger will tap the individual and collective leadership of Mayors to take meaningful actions to end childhood hunger in cities nationwide.

We are building a strong, nonpartisan cohort of national Mayoral champions for ending child hunger. We will harness the collective voice of Mayors to drive change at the state and national level.

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