|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