Fuller Clark to chair Commission to Address Child Hunger
CONCORD — State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, was chosen by members of the Commission to Address Child Hunger in New Hampshire to serve as its chairwoman for the current legislative session.
Fuller Clark, a co-sponsor of the legislation that created the commission, is replacing state Sen. Molly Kelly, as a commissioner and as chairwoman. Kelly retired at the end of the 2014-2016 legislative session.
“We know that currently more than 45,000 New Hampshire children and their families face food insecurity every day,” Fuller Clark said.
The commission includes representatives of a number of child advocacy organizations, various state departments, the Business and Industry Association, NH Catholic Charities and New Hampshire’s public schools. These groups represent a cross-section of organizations that confront the causes and consequences of child poverty, including childhood hunger. Other legislative members of the commission are Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, and Reps. Dan Eaton, D- Keene, and Don LeBrun, R-Nashua.
“As one of the nation’s wealthiest states, New Hampshire shouldn’t be a place where so many of our children face the threat of being hungry every day,” Fuller Clark said. “I know that all the members of this commission are gravely concerned about this serious situation and are committed to doing all that we can to eliminate it, as am I.”
The commission has until Sept. 1 to file its final report. The commission’s previous findings were reported out in November 2016.