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Elected Officials Send Hunger Packing During Democratic National Convention

Posted by Philabundance on August 4th, 2016

“If our elected officials will support policies benefiting our most vulnerable populations—including children and seniors—the way they’re supporting our food distribution efforts today, perhaps we can find a collaborative solution to ending hunger,” said Philabundance Executive Director, Glenn Bergman.

DNC Repack Event at Philabundance

During the Democratic National Convention, Philabundance teamed up with Feeding America—an organization that works to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks—to host “Send Hunger Packing,” an opportunity for elected officials and policymakers to learn more about food insecurity as well as local and national hunger-relief efforts while volunteering in our warehouse!

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The event was attended by PA State Representative for the 195th District, Rep. Donna Bullock, PA State Representative representing the 203rd District, Rep. Dwight Evans and U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts, Congressman Jim McGovern.

DNC Repack Event and Philabundance

Congressman McGovern is a national leader on hunger who takes his passion to the House Floor throughout the year in speeches that discuss the injustice of hunger and what his fellow Members of Congress can do to join this important fight. In a recent 2016 speech addressing senior hunger, he shared, “We should all do our part to help solve senior hunger by talking to our family members and friends about it and partnering with leaders in our communities working to improve access to nutritious food for senior populations.”

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Philabundance board members were on-site as well, collectively packing enough food to feed more than 300 families in need in only 20 minutes–an impressive effort!

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*Photos by Chorus Photography

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