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Statement attributed to Luis Guardia, president, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2020 The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is saddened to learn about the passing of Tomie dePaola. We are honored and privileged that this award-winning illustrator and author is part of our 50-year history. DePaola was critical to the launch of FRAC’s Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in 1991. He shared his time and talent to create the campaign’s logo and colorful posters to help raise awareness and support for our work to strengthen and expand the reach of the child nutrition programs.

Thousands of advocates across the country have received a FRAC mug featuring dePaola’s artwork over the years at FRAC’s Annual Benefit Dinner. We encourage each of them to raise their mug to toast Tomie dePaola’s dedication to the anti-hunger movement and to the legacy he leaves behind. He will be missed.


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