After flying combat missions as a pilot during the second world war, Dakota-born George McGovern became a professor of history and political sciences before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1963.

He served as a Senator until 1981, chairing several select committees and running for president in 1972. A lifelong leader in the battle against world hunger, McGovern was appointed the first director of the Food for Peace Programme by President John F. Kennedy in 1960, and was instrumental in the foundation of WFP in 1963.

From 1998-2001, he served as ambassador to the UN Agencies on Food and Agriculture in Rome.

2000 saw the introduction in the United States of joint legislation by McGovern and another former Senator, Bob Dole, which commits an annual amount from the US federal budget to provide nutritious meals to poor students around the world. In 2001, McGovern was named WFP’s first Goodwill Ambassador.

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Profession: former ambassador and US senator. Instrumental in the foundation of WFP in 1963.

WFP partner since: October 2001