HUNGER FIGHT: New Prize Honors Gov. Ray

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A new World Food Prize now bears the name of a former Iowa governor.

Authorities announced the creation of the Robert D Ray Iowa Shares Award Thursday. It will be presented annually during World Food Prize week in October.

The award will go to an Iowan who has provided leadership in confronting hunger and alleviating human suffering at home or abroad.

Governor Ray is known for helping Asian refugees during his time in office.

One of the people he helped is Som Baccam who came from Tai Dam.

“To our people to our community feel like he’s Abraham Lincoln – he saved us,” Baccam said. “We are the people who never had a place to call home.”

The announcement of this award also marked the governor’s 85th birthday.