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Chester County Food Bank’s Impactful Advocacy in Harrisburg

In a display of solidarity and determination, the Chester County Food Bank, alongside the PA Hunger Action Coalition, Hunger Free PA and Feeding PA, took their fight for food security to the heart of Pennsylvania’s capital on April 9th.

One of our primary focuses at the Chester County Food Bank is the pressing need to increase the minimum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Currently set at a meager $23 per month, this allowance falls significantly short of meeting the basic nutritional needs of those it aims to support. Nicholas Imbesi, MPA, Senior Manager of Advocacy and Government Relations, spoke during the rally, advocating to increase the minimum SNAP payment for seniors and those with disabilities to $35 dollars a month.

Anne Shuniak (CCFB Sr. Marketing Mgr), State Rep. Dan Williams, Nick Imbesi (CCFB Sr. Manager Advocacy), Dr. Ginny Calega (CCFB Board Member), and Robert Mears (MPA intern, West Chester Univ.)

After the rally, CCFB staff and Board member Dr. Ginny Calega met with multiple state lawmakers and their staff to advocate for Food Security Programs. Among these requests were:

The significance of these funding requests cannot be overstated. They represent a critical investment in the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations, ensuring that individuals and families have access to the nutritious food they need to thrive.

By taking our message directly to Harrisburg, the Chester County Food Bank and its partners exemplify the power of grassroots mobilization in driving meaningful change. Our presence at the state capital serves as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility we share in addressing food insecurity and ensuring that no individual is left behind. Through advocacy, education, and community engagement, we embody the spirit of solidarity and empathy that lies at the heart of the fight against hunger.

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The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 160 food cupboards, meal sites, and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.