Cheryl Cook, Deputy Secretary for Agriculture’s Market Development, presented a proclamation by Gov. Tom Wolf to Sheila. Our Executive Director, Sheila Christopher has been an advocate for the hungry for 30 years. During that time, she has been fighting to feed families, unite communities, affect policy, and change lives. Today, the Hunger-Free Pennsylvania (HFPA) board, its partner organizations and representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and the
Policy wonks could say that they have been thrilled these past two weeks. Congress spent a great deal of time dealing with specific issues related to nutrition standards, and finished with a historic joint committee hearing that focused on the interplay between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other public assistance programs with the consequences of getting a job, or one that pays more. But while policy wonks may have been thrilled, those who operate
Waste Not; Want Not Waste not; want not — that’s what our mothers always said.
So you can imagine our surprise when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s released a study this month showing that about 31 percent — or 133 billion pounds — of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten.
As that sinks in, remember that more than 2.6 million Pennsylvanians qualify for food assistance programs, according to an Ameri