Welcome to Club Eisenhower, the official podcast of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. You may be wondering why we chose Club Eisenhower as the name of our podcast. Here’s why…
During Ike’s early military career, officers were expected to host social events for others, including their superior officers. With Mamie’s finishing school background and vivacious personality, she excelled in this and their quarters became known as “Club Eisenhower.” The guest list may vary with every new duty station, but Club Eisenhower remained a constant. And the Eisenhowers entertained frequently, with Mamie graciously welcoming visiting dignitaries and military officials. Like Ike and Mamie, we graciously welcome you to Club Eisenhower. You provide your own refreshments – and we will provide the entertainment.
- Joy Murphy, Eisenhower Presidential Library
- Dr. Jim Ginther, Eisenhower Presidential Library
- Sarah Gard, Dole Institute
- Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Kansas State University
Global Food Security and U.S. National Security (Lunch & Learn)
Food for Peace
On July 10, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating the program known today as Food For Peace. This program, built on the foundations of the Marshall Plan, provided significant aid to rebuilding efforts in Europe after World War II. Eisenhower expanded American food and economic aid beyond Europe. American crop surpluses were made available to countries in need through the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954. American farmers benefited from the sale of their surplus crops while these countries were able to purchase needed goods established under this act. Through this program, as President Eisenhower explained, America was able “…to sell surplus food to friendly countries for foreign currencies, which we then used for ... defense, economic development, and international educational exchange.”
Join us as we discuss the impact of the Food For Peace program, its evolution, and how food insecurity looks in an increasingly global economy and food system.