Fitzpatrick Kicks-off Hunger Awareness Month

Jun 1, 2013
Fitzpatrick Kicks-off Hunger Awareness Month

LANGHORNE, PA — Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) got an early start to National Hunger Awareness Month by dropping off non-perishable food items at Mary’s Pantry - St. Michael the Archangel Church in Levittown, Friday.

“It’s important we remember those who are struggling to put food on their tables every day. They may be unemployed, parents with children, seniors, or veterans – our neighbors,” said Fitzpatrick. “We can be good neighbors and do what we can to help and that begins with helping stock the many food pantries we are blessed to have in our area.”   

June serves as National Hunger Awareness Month and also the start of the summer season that traditionally sees food pantries running low on supplies, since many donation outlets are schools that will close this month.

“Giving needs to be a year-round commitment for those who can,” said Fitzpatrick. “While we may be blessed with plenty of food for our families, we must not forget those who are struggling to do the same.”

Hunger is a problem in the United States, as well as the 8th district, and groups and individuals have been working hard to fill food pantries.  National statistics reveal the sad truth: 5.6 million households obtained emergency food from food pantries at least once last year.   Last year,  50,2 million Americans, including 17,2 million children, did not have enough food to eat on a regular basis. Nearly 1 million seniors living alone do not have enough to eat, while veterans are more than twice as likely to need help with food.

In May, the Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) ran its annual ‘Adopt-A-Pantry’ program and through the generosity of caring people, collected over 7.3 tons of food from 52 collection sites around the county.   Additional cash donations of nearly $8,000 will allow the purchase of another four tons of groceries for food pantries in the coming weeks, according to the BCOC.

A mere sampling of statistics reveal one Quakertown food pantry distributed food  to as many as 15,000 needy citizens in one year, while a pantry in  Penndel served 28,000 people last year. 

“This, clearly, is an indication of local need,” Fitzpatrick said. “I urge you to join me in donating to your local food pantry this month, and throughout the summer. Hopefully, we can help social services agencies and community organizations in our communities do even more to stamp out hunger in Bucks and Montgomery counties.”

The congressman’s office maintains a listing of all the active food pantries in the 8th congressional district. Anyone seeking help or willing to donate may call the office at 215-579-8102 for information on locations.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.