NAMA – Proud Partners of U.S. Food AssistanceJuly 22, 2004
CONTACT: Terri Todd, Director of Communications
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 22, 2004 – John Gillcrist, president of Bartlett Milling Company and chairman of NAMA (North American Millers’ Association), spoke yesterday at “Bringing Hope to the Hungry: Food Assistance in the New Millennium,” a conference hosted by the United States Agency for International Development. The all day conference celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the United States food assistance program, P.L. 480. Other speakers included Secretary Colin L. Powell, U.S. Department of State and Secretary Ann M. Veneman, U.S. Department of Agriculture. The conference was attended by 400 representatives from the food aid community, including government officials, private voluntary organizations, and private industry.
NAMA has been a proud partner of the U.S. food assistance program since its inception. U.S. milling companies have supplied millions of tons of enriched wheat flour, corn meal, corn soy blend, bulgur, fortified grits, and corn soy milk to the P.L. 480 food assistance program. In his comments, Mr. Gillcrist remarked, “We take great pride in our role in a program that has been so successful and has provided hundreds of millions of people with food necessary for their survival.” Gillcrist applauded those who have dedicated their careers to this humanitarian endeavor.
Of the eight hundred million people today in developing countries that are chronically malnourished, fifty million are suffering acute malnutrition and are on the verge of starvation. Two hundred million are children under the age of five. The most positive and effective demonstration and expression of the compassion and goodwill of America toward these people is the U.S. food assistance program. NAMA is proud to have been a partner for the past 50 years and will continue to “Bring Hope to the Hungry” in the next millennium.
In a related meeting, Mr. Gillcrist briefed the Grains Caucus on food assistance in the World Trade Organization negotiations. Mr. Gillcrist highlighted the important role the United States plays as the world’s lead provider of food assistance.
NAMA has 46 member companies operating 170 wheat, corn, oat and rye mills in 38 states and 150 cities. The aggregate production capacity of NAMA’s membership is more than 160 million pounds of product daily, which is about 95% of the total U.S. capacity.