Second Harvest Food Bank recently held our First Annual Legislative Breakfasts, one for Santa Clara County legislators and one for San Mateo County legislators. We invited representatives from all different levels of government – local, state and federal – to attend and learn more about the Food Bank, our legislative priorities and how they can help us in our vision of a hunger-free community.
Cindy McCown, Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy, discussed the successes we had in 2016 including securing funding for Breakfast After the Bell programs and the State Emergency Food Assistance Program. In 2017, our broad policy goals include securing more healthy food for our clients and connecting more children to meals at school and outside of school.
We asked those in attendance to make a commitment to know the facts and to use the Food Bank as a resource to stay well-informed. Another ask was to help us facilitate access to children’s programs to get more meals to kids who need them in the summer. Finally, we asked legislators to help raise awareness about hunger in our community when speaking to their constituents. The issue of hunger is linked to other community issues such as education, housing and health, and they can help us inform more people about our hungry neighbors in need.
We thank everyone who attended, including representatives from the California Association of Food Banks who have been a great resource and partner in fighting for people who need food in our community. We hope to continue developing relationships and partnerships with government officials to best serve our clients and improve our community. To learn more, visit our Hunger Action Center.