When they're hungry, children have a hard time learning, says John Unger, an ELCA pastor and West Virginia state senator. The Senate Democratic majority leader, Unger was lead sponsor of "Feed to Achieve," bipartisan anti-hunger legislation that makes West Virginia the first state to set up a statewide public-private funding partnership to improve school meal programs. "Feed to Achieve" aims to provide all elementary students with free breakfast and lunch by fall 2015 via a statewide nonprofit fund with public and private dollars. Unger serves as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
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