TORONTO George Stroumboulopoulos was today named "Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger" for the world's biggest humanitarian agency, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
The critically-acclaimed broadcast veteran and host of CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Strombo Show, was confirmed as the first Canadian WFP Ambassador upon his return from a visit to Pakistan, where WFP is feeding hungry communities to rebuild their lives after last year's devastating floods.
"Access to food isn't a privilege, it's a right. It's not about politics or partisanship. It's about people in need and our responsibility as humans to be there for one another," George told his audience during the March 15 taping of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. "I am excited to be able to talk about the great work that the World Food Programme is doing around the world to help end hunger."
"George's passion and deep humanitarian commitment, coupled with his broad public appeal, make him a powerful voice for the millions of hungry all over the world," said Nancy E. Roman, WFP's Executive in Charge of Public Policy and Private Partnerships, adding that his active use of social media will be highly effective for informing and engaging people about hunger issues.
Stroumboulopoulos visited WFP operations in Pakistan last month and saw the destructive effects of last year's floods. During his visit, he witnessed how WFP food assistance is helping to feed families while they rebuild their homes and livelihoods. In Sindh province, Stroumboulopoulos met mothers whose children received highly nutritious foods through WFP child feeding programmes.
"For most of us we only see the effects of disasters through the prism of media. The effects of the floods, earthquakes and conflicts and it can all be overwhelming. But getting to be on the ground you see firsthand, the people working together to provide nutritious food to those in need and the empowering of those affected to rebuild," Stroumboulopoulos said of his recent trip to Pakistan.