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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:

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

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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.

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