Idaho Gov. Butch Otter grew up in a family with nine children. There were times when he and his siblings needed food assistance from St. Vincent de Paul. Those memories came back to him when he signed the proclamation that named October “Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month” in advance of the fourth Idaho Summit on Hunger and Food Security set for Oct. 30 in Boise.
“I can relate,” he told the audience of anti-hunger workers who assembled in his office.
The Rt. Rev. Brian Thom spoke of how important it was for the entire community to address the hunger issue. Dadiri Nuro, a leader of the Somali Bantu community and a new American citizen, described the struggles his people have been through and how important it was for them to grow their own crops at the Global Gardens farm in Eagle.