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Advocacy and the Food Bank

The Food Bank and our member agencies strive to help feed as many people in need as possible in southwestern Pennsylvania. 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.

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. (external link) 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. You can also see what's new in our advocacy updates section and join the Food Bank's email list (external link)to receive our monthly e-newsletter. Contact us to learn more about anti-hunger advocacy or call 412-460-3663 x283.

 

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.

 

Hunger Profiles by County

The Food Bank developed this set of Hunger Profiles to provide information on the operation and impact of government anti-hunger programs in the counties we serve.

 

Map the Meal Gap

Hunger and food insecurity exists in every county in the U.S. How do we know? This interactive map by Feeding America shows food insecurity rates - for the general population and for children - at the county and Congressional district levels. Find out how many people are struggling with food insecurity in your community.

 

Policy Priorities

Nurturing the political will to end hunger requires Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to engage in advocacy; actively supporting causes, ideas and proposals on public policies that advance the mission of the organization. It is the policy of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to make advocacy an integral part of what we do to meet our mission. Find out more about the Food Bank's policy priorities at the federal and state levels.

 

Useful Resources

On this page you will find a list of various links to municipal, county, state, and federal resources. You can also click on 'Who are my legislators?' to find out which Representatives and Senator represent you.