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Senate Floor: ``ZENECA FOR HEALTHIER KIDS'' PROJECT

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Joe Biden

Leans Negative
Mr. President, later this year, the Senate will consider the reauthorization of a number of child nutrition programs. The goal of our legislative efforts will be, as always, to ensure the health and well-being of America's children, especially those who live in or at the edge of poverty. 3

Joe Biden

Positive
We are conscious that Government has substantial obligations and real opportunities to help families in need. But we are also painfully aware, Mr. President, that Government cannot do the job alone. If we are to meet the needs of America's children, the private sector -- including business, church and community groups, and citizen volunteers -- must play a role. 4

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
I am proud today to be able to share with my colleagues the story of a new project launched by a private company and its employees, in order to make a difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged children and families in my State. The project is called "Zeneca for Healthier Kids," and represents a partnership of Zeneca, Inc., one of the world's leading bioscience companies, and the Food Bank of Delaware, which has been active for more than 16 years in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. 5

Joe Biden

Very Positive
The people at Zeneca made a deliberate decision to initiate a community project consistent with their corporate mission, which includes a core business in health and agricultural products. Fighting hunger and promoting better nutrition seemed a natural fit, and certainly the need was well documented; in our State of just 700,000 people total, some 12,000 children regularly go hungry and another 12,000 are at constant risk, living as they do at the perilous edge of poverty. 6

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
Once the partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware was formed, careful planning went into the design of a 3-year pilot program to provide food to needy families, to increase public education about nutritional needs and available assistance, and to generate a volunteer base among Zeneca employees to sustain the program over the long haul. 7

Joe Biden

Positive
To provide food to those in need, Zeneca will fund the purchase of food packages, of high-protein, health meals, to be distributed monthly by company volunteers to the 250 Delaware families enrolled in the WIC Program. In addition, Zeneca volunteers will organize food drives at work sites and offer support services, such as computer programming and accounting, necessary to run the program. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
To promote public awareness of nutritional needs and available assistance, like the WIC Program, Zeneca has sponsored the production of an informational video, which will be available at State service centers, schools, and Food Bank member organizations. Zeneca will also fund and make available a pocket guide to nutritional programs and public-service announcements to get the message about better nutrition to the widest possible audience. 9

Joe Biden

Neutral
Mr. President, we all know that early nutrition has a tremendous effect on children, and that inadequate nutrition impairs a child's development and ability to success or even to try to succeed. We know that no one program will solve the problem of hunger among our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, but we also know that if we all do our parts, we can make a difference. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
The people of Zeneca, in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, are trying to do their part, and working to make a difference for their less fortunate neighbors. Their efforts represent not only a much needed service but also a very admirable example, and we in Delaware are proud of them. 11