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A Message from Our Executive Director: Voting is One of the Most Patriotic Acts

A message from Larry Welsch, Executive Director of the Chester County Food Bank

Voting is one of the most patriotic acts we can participate in as Americans. While the Chester County Food Bank does not endorse candidates or political parties, we do advocate for every American’s right to vote. In the 2016 election, nearly 86,000 Chester County residents missed their opportunity to participate in democracy. In a 2014 Pew Research Center study, it was reported that scheduling conflicts with work or school are the greatest barriers keeping voters from the polls on Election Day.

In recognition of this, the Chester County Food Bank is observing this election day, November 6th, 2018 by actively encouraging our staff and community partners to get out and vote. As an organization with county-wide visibility, we feel it is a great responsibility of ours to model civic engagement and encourage our affiliates to vote this year and in all future elections. The entire staff of the Chester County Food Bank will be provided paid time off during the working day to vote. We feel that this effort is important to help us achieve our mission to “mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.”