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We need your help.

Please join Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in sending a message to Governor Wolf asking for his support of anti-hunger programs in his next budget proposal.

It’s easy! All you need to do is read the letter to the Governor below and if you agree with it, follow the instructions provided.

Send a letter to Governor Wolf today.

  1. Copy the ‘Dear Governor Wolf’ letter below.
  2. Click here to go to the Governor’s contact page.
  3. Fill in the required information.
  4. For “subject” choose: Office of Budget.
  5. Paste the message from below into the comment field.
  6. Click “I am not a robot.”
  7. Click the SUBMIT button.

Dear Governor Wolf,

Please recommend separate appropriations of $21 million for the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) and $5 million for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) to the Department of Agriculture in your 2016-2017 executive budget.

The SFPP appropriation allows the Commonwealth to provide essential resources to all 67 counties for the purchase of foods and nutritional supplements, food provider transportation and infrastructure, and access to federal food commodities. Since 1983, SFPP has been a foundation for Pennsylvania’s food banks and food pantries in building the public-private effort to meet a basic need of our most vulnerable citizens.

An increased investment in PASS will allow the Commonwealth to leverage Pennsylvania’s agricultural surpluses and charitable food distribution infrastructure to benefit farmers, packers and the 1.8 million Pennsylvanians struggling with hunger. Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector, farm communities, and Pennsylvanians in need of food assistance will all benefit from PASS. Millions of pounds of Pennsylvania-grown agricultural products that would otherwise go to waste each year can instead help to provide nutritious meals.

I appreciate the funding you included in the 2015-16 budget to support PASS and hope you will continue to build on that commitment, as the need in our state is still great. Moreover, we appreciate the action you took to ensure critical funding for food banks was released, even as discussions surrounding the 2015-16 budget continue. Many of our charitable food organizations strained to supply those in need. Even today, with added support, the challenges are still great.

To continue to make vital nutritional assistance available to our neighbors threatened by hunger, our food banks and other charitable food assistance providers – churches, community organizations, and other non-profit groups throughout Pennsylvania – need strong Commonwealth hunger programs. An appropriation of $21 million for SFPP and $5 million for PASS, together with the efforts and energy of our private charitable food assistance providers, can make a real difference in the lives of thousands of our fellow Pennsylvanians.

Help us spread the word.

Be sure to share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to take action, too.  You can also tweet at the Governor with this message:

@GovernorTomWolf Please support $21m for State Food and $5m for PASS in FY 16-17 to help Pennsylvanians at risk of hunger.  TWEET THIS!

Thank you for speaking up to ask our Governor to invest in important nutrition programs for Pennsylvanians.

Want to know more?

Visit the Food Bank’s policy priorities page to learn more about how the State Food Purchase Program and PASS helps Pennsylvanians at risk of hunger.