David Beasley, former Governor of South Carolina, recently accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the United Nation’s World Food Program.
Beasley, who is a native of Darlington, South Carolina, served as governor of South Carolina from 1995 to 1999. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the World Food Program, a humanitarian organization that works to combat hunger across the globe.
According to the WFP, “On any given day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 30 ships and nearly 100 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need….In 2019, WFP assisted 97 million people – the largest number since 2012 – in 88 countries.”
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Program as it recognized the extensive efforts the organization is making to not only combat hunger but also improve the conditions in conflict-stricken areas.
In a tweet, Governor Beasley shared his excitement about receiving the award along with a plea for others to join in on his fight to hunger saying, “We are so honored to accept the #NobelPeacePrize today. At the same time, it is my tragic duty to tell you that famine is at humanity’s doorstep. The silver lining is that we can stop this together. Join us as we call for urgent action.”
Click here to view the presentation of Governor Beasley’s Nobel Peace Prize.