Wolf Administration's Food Security Summit highlights progress to combat hunger
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WENY) -- More than 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experience chronic hunger every day. Officials in the Commonwealth are kicking work to combat hunger into high gear.
The Wolf Administration's Food Security Partnership hosted the Annual Food Security Summit yesterday.
At the summit, the administration updated stakeholders, advocates, and federal partners about the Commonwealth's progress with the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA to address food insecurity.
By the end of the year, the goal is to expand to 30 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 50/50 training sites.
"If we want to build strong communities and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, then we must invest in people, and this means supporting programs like SNAP so we do not put unsustainable strain on our charitable food networks and force more people to go hungry," Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said. "We will continue to make progress towards the Blueprint's goals, and we will do everything we can to support access to fresh, healthy foods and fight chronic hunger in communities around Pennsylvania."
SNAP helps working adults, people with disabilities, and children access food and expand their purchasing power so they do not have to choose between paying for rent or being able to eat dinner.
In addition, this year, $500,000 in mini-grants has been distributed to expand alternative breakfast models in schools.
Of those billions who experience daily chronic hunger, 437,000 are children.