2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, Thanksgiving Day celebrates the spirit of selfless giving and an appreciation for family and friends; and

WHEREAS, the spirit of Thanksgiving Day is a virtue upon which our nation was founded; and

WHEREAS, thirty-three million Americans, including thirteen million children, live in households without an adequate supply of food; and

WHEREAS, almost three million of these children experience hunger; and

WHEREAS, selfless sacrifice breeds a genuine spirit of Thanksgiving, both affirming and restoring fundamental principles in our society; and

WHEREAS, its first year in 2002, Feed America Thursday was proclaimed in 62 number of cities across the United States; and

WHEREAS, while Feed America Thursday cannot meet all of the demands of the hungry in America, it can - and has - served as an effective tool that encourages Americans to share their resources with those who are less fortunate and hungry; and

WHEREAS, Feed America Thursday can - and has - served as a catalyst to help food banks and community kitchens receive extra resources and commodities during the holiday season, a time of year when there is a greater demand for the food and vital services they provide; and

WHEREAS, Feed America Thursday, does not require any additional expenditures of limited public funds or divert any resources from ongoing programs, but instead encourages new contributions from those more fortunate to be shared with those in our nation who are hungry,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U. S. Conference of Mayors supports Thursday, one week before the traditional Thanksgiving as Feed America Thursday; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors supports calling upon the people of this nation to sacrifice, or fast, for two meals on Thursday, one week before each traditional Thanksgiving and donate the money they would have spent on food to a charitable or religious organization of their choice for the purpose of feeding the hungry.