Report To The People: Addressing food insecurity in our communities

There is a sad reality that many children and families in our communities face daily.  Many do not know where their next meal is coming from, nor when their next meal is coming.  In order to support and aid our neighbors who are struggling with hunger, we all must be aware that this problem exists AND know what we can do to help address this public health crisis.  

Families experience food insecurity for a multitude of reasons. If you are facing food insecurity or are aware of others in crisis, please reach out to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by calling 412-460-3663 (FOOD), or your local food pantry.

As a community, we all can play a role in the effort to end hunger. One way can do this is by supporting anti-hunger efforts by local, state and federal governments. In my role as a state representative, I have long advocated and supported funding for the SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) program because I know that this program is most impactful and has the largest reach. 

If you are interested in volunteering, you can learn more about opportunities to provide food assistance -- including schedules for Produce to People distribution, Green Grocer stops and nearby food pantries -- by visiting www.pittsburghfoodbank.org or calling 412-460-3663 (FOOD). Two state-funded programs, the State Food Purchase Program and the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System are important sources of food for these efforts. 

For more information on addressing hunger, or for assistance in any other state-related matter, please call my office at 412-928-9514. You can also visit my website at www.pahouse.com/Deasy or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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