71% of the people we serve live in poverty. Nearly half of them have had to choose between buying food and paying for utilities, rent, mortgage or medical care.
“I rise today to talk about the problem of hunger in America. Mr. Speaker, we are the richest, most prosperous nation in the world. Yet, the sad fact is that in 2013 more than 50 million people in this country are considered food insecure by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
– Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
These are the words that opened the first of a weekly series of speeches by Congressman Jim McGovern focusing on ending hunger in America. McGovern is the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’ 2nd Congressional District, and as such his words especially resonate here at The Food Bank, where we work to alleviate hunger and serve more than 135,000 of our neighbors seeking help.
The first speech in the series took place on February 5th and can be viewed below, or the transcript can be obtained here. In these times when party lines divide congress starkly on matters of public interest, and numerous hunger-related pieces of legislation are in jeopardy of expiring or being cut, it will be refreshing and fascinating to hear a strong voice as an advocate for the most vulnerable Americans and to see the role the speeches may play in discussion on Capitol Hill.
If you would like to learn more about the speech series you can visit the official section of Rep. McGovern’s Congressional site, or follow our Twitter page for updates. You can also lend your voice on social media using the hashtag, #EndHungerNow.
Congressman McGovern will be attendance featured speaker (along with UMass professor Julie Caswell) after a special screening of A Place at the Table at Amherst Cinema presented by The Food Bank of Western Mass. To learn more about the March 7th event and how to purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
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