On this uniquely American holiday, we gather with our loved ones to count our blessings large and small. And of course, most sit down for a bountiful meal. Some will volunteer at soup kitchens to help ensure that even the needy are without want on this special day. But, what about the other 364 days of the year? In Pennsylvania, one in seven people struggle with hunger–and nationwide, more than 48.1 million Americans are food insecure. There are members of our community who must make heart-wrenching choices between buying groceries and paying utilities, rent or even medical expenses. Still others live in urban food deserts where they simply don’t have access to the healthy food their families need.
As you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends, please take a moment to add your name to this call for action to make sure everyone has access to healthy, affordable food.
There is much that Congress can do to help address this issue, including fully funding emergency food assistance programs, expanding school meals for vulnerable kids, and eliminating food deserts. But, it’s going to take us all coming together and demanding that they take action so that no family has to worry about where their next meal will come from!
May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with much for which to be grateful, and thank you for standing up for vulnerable families!