Greene County

Food Security Partnership

Speak Out

Advocacy

The Greene County Food Security Partnership works to increase access to public and private food assistance programs and to continue building broad community engagement in ending hunger. But decisions made by our elected officials have a huge impact on the supply of food available to provide this help and on the demand for charitable food assistance. Elected officials are also in a position to make larger changes that will eventually help end hunger in our community and in our nation.

September is Hunger Action month.

September is “Hunger Action” month.

Please help us advocate for public policy change on the federal, state and local levels. The easiest way to do that is by signing up at the Hunger Action Center. You will receive updates on current advocacy activities and be given the opportunity to contact your state and federal legislators to make your voice heard.

Why End Hunger?

Children in food insecure households are approximately twice as likely to suffer from poor health and one-third more likely to be hospitalized. Seniors who don’t have access to adequate nutrition develop more illnesses, needing more medical attention and expensive hospital stays. It is extremely difficult for families struggling with poverty and hunger to make the kind of productive contributions our society needs to flourish in the future. In addition to just “doing the right thing,” we all have a critical stake in seeing that our neighbors have enough to eat. Government nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP / food stamps), WIC, school meals, summer food programs, and the like can do more to alleviate hunger on a wider scale than any amount of food gathering and distributing by any one food bank or food pantries. There is ample evidence that these programs work, and that by providing food, they also improve the lives and futures of our children, our communities, and the strength of our country. Other important government programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Community Development Block Grant, Community Services Block Grant, and the Neighborhood Assistance Program provide critically needed food and other resources to help the private charitable network in the effort to feed our neighbors.

Join the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank & Hunger America in making your voice heard.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, in partnership with Feeding America (the national food bank network), is making it easy for you to communicate with your elected officials.  Here’s a quick and easy way to stay informed about, and voice your support of, public policies to bring an end to hunger in our community.  Register directly at Feeding America  or complete the form Speak Out to End Hunger and return it to the Pittsburgh Food Bank and they will register you on the Hunger Action Center advocacy system.  If you register, you will receive email alerts as decision-making activities occur in Washington or Harrisburg.  By responding to the alert you will have the opportunity to learn about anti-hunger issues and to “take action” by sending a message directly to your elected officials.

Contact your representative

Let our local and national government know that you care about our food bank and food insecurity in Greene County!

More ideas on how you can be informed and speak out to end hunger:

Pittsburgh Food Bank ‘s  link to advocacy resources.

Feeding America – The National Food Bank Network