National Voter Registration Day: A Crucial Opportunity to Combat Food Insecurity
We believe in the strength of our community to create a future where no one within our county has to endure the pain of an empty stomach, where every child can grow and thrive, and where families can access the food they need with dignity and pride. National Voter Registration Day, September 19, 2023, provides us with a powerful opportunity to turn this vision into reality, right here at home.
The Challenge of Food Insecurity
Food insecurity remains a pressing issue in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of 2020, over 35 million Americans, including more than 10 million children, were food insecure. This means that they had limited access to enough food to lead a healthy life. In Chester County, having no or limited access to food is more prevalent than one might expect. The reality is that over 40,000 of our neighbors, coworkers, and friends living in all towns across Chester County struggle to consistently put food on the table.
The Link Between Voting and Food Security
You might wonder how voting and food insecurity are connected. The connection lies in the power to influence policies and decisions made at both the federal and state levels. Elected officials, from local representatives to federal senators and the President, shape the policies and funding that determine the accessibility of food for millions of Americans.
“While the Chester County Food Bank does not endorse candidates or political parties, we do advocate for every American’s right to vote,” said Nick Imbesi, CCFB’s Senior Manager Advocacy & Government Affairs. “This effort is important to help us achieve our mission to mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.
National Voter Registration Day can be a catalyst for change:
- Elect Leaders committed to fighting food insecurity:
By registering to vote and participating in elections, you have the opportunity to elect leaders who prioritize addressing food insecurity. These elected officials can champion policies that support food banks and expand access to nutrition programs.
- Advocate for Food-Related Legislation:
National Voter Registration Day isn’t just about registering; it’s about becoming an informed voter. Take the time to research candidates’ stances on food-related issues and support those who advocate for positive change. Additionally, you can advocate for specific policies such as increasing funding for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) or school meal programs.
National Voter Registration Day is more than just a routine event; it’s an opportunity for citizens to come together and advocate for change. Food insecurity is a deeply rooted issue that requires collective action. By participating in this annual event and using your vote, you can help shape policies that combat food insecurity, making a positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Don’t underestimate the power of your voice and your vote in creating a more food-secure nation. Register to vote, stay informed, and be the change you want to see in the fight against hunger.
2023 Election Important Dates
- October 23: Last day to register to vote for the November 7, 2023 election
- October 31: Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot | VotesPA.com/Absentee
- November 7: Election Day: Polls are open 7am to 8pm | VotesPa.com/Polls
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.