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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 29, 2017 03:12 PM
From: Representative Tina Pickett
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Designating September 2017 as "Hunger Action Month" in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing the month of September as Hunger Action Month in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This resolution provides a unified opportunity for communities in the United States to focus attention on the persistent problem of domestic hunger and to mobilize a movement to end hunger in America.

Hunger is a reality for approximately 1.67 million Pennsylvanians according to a 2015 study. Research shows that preschool and school-age children who experience severe hunger have higher levels of chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems. Studies have also shown that food-insecure seniors are at risk of disability, deteriorating physical and mental health, decreased resistance to infections, and lengthened hospital stays.

Pennsylvania food banks serve over 2 million people annually, including more than 482,000 children, and more than 246,000 senior citizens. Individuals, charities, businesses, and government all have a role to play in getting food to those in need.

I ask that you please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HR488