Will you Join Us in Our Fight Against Hunger?
A new year has arrived which brings new opportunities and a convenient transition for renewed hope and enthusiasm. Hunger in Iowa is a persistent issue — yet, each year we learn and build the network of advocates and supporters. We made great strides in our quest for food equality last year; let’s do even better this year.
January also marks the beginning of the 2014 legislative session – the 85th Iowa General Assembly. On Monday, January 13th, Senators and Representatives from across the state will convene at the Iowa State Capitol. Opening session for both the Senate and House will be Monday followed by a joint session on Tuesday, January 14th with Governor Branstad delivering the Condition of the State speech. Following is where we (all of us) come in!
Our legislators work for us – it is up to us to advocate for our friends and neighbors who are struggling with hunger. There are 395,620 Iowans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from; this is 12.9% of the total population. Of that number, 137,120 are children (19.3% of all children in Iowa). This is 395,620 and 137,120 too many. The Iowa Food Bank Association and eight partner Feeding America food banks are committed to solving this issue.
Over the next few months, we’ll be requesting your support as we work on policies that encourage food equality for all Iowans. I hope you will answer our request by calling your representatives, encouraging them to visit a local food pantry or feeding organization, and joining us at the capitol as we meet with our leaders. Let’s do this together. Let’s make it possible for all of our friends and neighbors to live a healthy, productive life. We can accomplish anything in numbers – will YOU join us?
To join our growing list of advocates, visit our website – http://www.iowafba.org – and opt-in to receive our e-newsletter.
Thank you, in advance, for your support!