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NMSU alum part of National Commission on Hunger fact-finding tour

The National Commission on Hunger is listening to people in southern New Mexico and West Texas this week. A New Mexico State University alumnus is part of the group, which will hold a public hearing Friday, June. 26.

Daniel Valverde, who graduated from NMSU with a master?s degree in food studies and anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is on a team touring the region this week to learn more about hunger-related issues and residents? access to healthy food.

?This is one of the easiest and most direct ways to talk to the higher-ups,? said Valverde, a child hunger outreach specialist. ?It?s a great opportunity for people to come out and talk about their struggles with hunger.?

Valverde is an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center. Originally from Los Lunas, he has worked as a child nutrition specialist for the New Mexico No Kid Hungry Program. He also volunteered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Research Program on a food-mapping project in Dona Ana County to identify food deserts and resources available to low income families.

Members of the public can give testimony from 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the La Fe Culture and Technology Center in El Paso, Texas.

?Even if you do not come to present your testimony, it is a unique opportunity to watch civic engagement in action,? said Lois Stanford, NMSU anthropology associate professor. ?The purpose is to educate congressional representatives on the nature of hunger in the Southwest.?

The public testimony will be used to make recommendations to Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To learn more about these events, visit https://hungercommission.rti.org.