We asked and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick not only listened, but also responded!
On June 13, nine members of the Interfaith Food Alliance traveled to Washington DC for Bread for the World's Lobby Day. We met with Sen. Bob Casey and Sen.Pat Toomey's staff. However, our meeting with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick proved to be the most productive.
We had met with Congressman Fitzpatrick in his Langhorne office several weeks earlier. On this day, we shared with him some of the stories of those who visit The Family Backpack Center, a food center for children in the Morrisville School District and their families. He was engaged and actively listened as we spoke of the challenges working families face due to low minimum wages, high housing costs in Lower Bucks County, and limited job opportunities. We discussed the stress of these challenges and how there are many necessities which cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits.
As we concluded our visit, we asked that he consider co-sponsorship of House Resolution 203, The Summer Meals Act. This legislation would fund critical summer meals for children. Hunger never takes a summer vacation and children who receive free or reduced school breakfast and lunch truly suffer during the summer months when they are not in school and therefore do not receive these meals. Exactly one week following our visit, on June 20, we received notification that Congressman Fitzpatrick was co-sponsoring the bill!
We understand that Congressman Fitzpatrick has many issues to consider, all of which require funding. We thank him for putting children first and supporting The Summer Meals Act.