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Feeding the world, one child at a time

George McGovern and Bob Dole are two self-professed "one-time losers" who have finally won.

The two former presidential candidates from opposite sides of the political aisle who have been part of the Midwestern and federal policy landscape for decades were recently awarded the 2008 World Food Prize (WFP) in Des Moines, Iowa, for their McGovern-Dole International School Feeding Program that's been credited with saving thousands of young lives around the world.

Despite all their work -- for which they were awarded with the $250,000 prize for this year's WFP -- both Dole and McGovern say much more work is needed around the globe to end hunger. And, a lot of what needs to be done, they say, lies in the halls of governments around the world, not in the food warehouses supplying world aid organizations. That's true both at home and abroad, Dole says.

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What's made Dole and McGovern so successful in their work around the world? McGovern says it's their ability to look beyond the politics similar to what's impeded food aid around the world and work together across political lines at home. But, he admits that funding -- both at home and abroad -- will continue to challenge future food aid programs like theirs.

"I've always thought that hunger on a world scale is a political problem. Bob and I have tried to be nonpolitical and have a bipartisan front that's been very effective," McGovern says. "The international school lunch program sailed through Congress, I think, because of its bipartisan nature. But, when it comes to money, it's always tough. It's tough for almost any program. So, what we're trying to do is move on two fronts to get more funding from Congress, and secondly to get other countries to do more on the school lunh program."

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George McGovern and Bob Dole are two self-professed "one-time losers" who have finally won.

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