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Raising Awareness & Making Change Happen

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and our partner agencies strive to feed as many of our neighbors in need as possible. But we know that charity alone cannot end hunger. In order to reach our mission to build and sustain hunger-free communities across the Southern Tier, the Food Bank recognizes the importance of advocating for long-term public policy solutions at the local, state and federal levels.

Working with Clients to Advocate for Hunger Relief Policy

In October 2017, Food Bank staff and partners toured the Community Food Centres Canada to gain insight on the Canadian model of eliminating food insecurity. Jackie B., a Speakers Bureau advocate who has experienced food insecurity, joined us and shares her insights here. Read Jackie’s thoughts here.

Why Advocacy Work Matters

Decisions made by our elected officials have a huge impact on the supply of food available to the Food Bank and on the overall demand for charitable food assistance. A strong and accessible nutrition safety net is required to complement the supplemental food that food banks are able to provide. This tiered solution is the most sustainable method to attacking an epidemic afflicting nearly 50 million Americans while we advocate for the systemic changes needed to permanently eradicate hunger in America. Elected officials are also in a position to make larger changes that will eventually help end hunger in our community and in our nation.

Our advocacy work helps connect community voices, issues and stories to elected officials and public policy-makers in the fight against hunger and poverty. Share your story, add your voice to the conversation, and join us as we advocate for hungry families and individuals across the Southern Tier!

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If you are interested in the Food Bank’s advocacy efforts and how you can join us in our work to advocate for poverty- and hunger-relief, sign up below to stay informed and take action.

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