Philadelphia- Annual Hunger Survey Press Conference


For Immediate Release:                                                             Contact: Magen Allen

November 13, 2007                                                            

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***Media Advisory***

National and Local Leaders to Release New Report on Hunger
In Philadelphia, Metropolitan Region, and Nationwide
Will Call on Congress to Reject Further Cuts in Nutrition Programs

Who: Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America, and author of “America, We Need to Talk

Jeff Brown, founder, President and CEO, Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

Alan Butkovitz, Philadelphia City Controller

Vincent Hughes, State Senator

Brian Lang, Director of the National Campaign for Healthy Food Access, The Food Trust

Pam Lawler, Founder, Philabundance

What:               Hunger Free America, a nationwide direct service and advocacy organization, will release a report, along with local food and hunger leaders, that will detail the extent of hunger and food insecurity in both the City of Philadelphia and the broader metropolitan area.  Hunger Free America will also release a national report on the number of Americans who are the “working hungry,” holding down at least one job but unable to afford sufficient food. The leaders will also call on Congress to reject the $192 billion in cuts to federal nutrition assistance programs that have been proposed by President Trump.

When:              Friday, November 17, 11:30 a.m.

Where:             ShopRite Supermarket, 2800 Fox Street (Fox St & Roberts Ave.), Philadelphia

Why:                Philadelphia continues to have one of the highest big city poverty rates in the nation, with more than quarter of all residents living below the meager federal poverty line ($20,090 annually for a family of three).  The hunger/food security statistics to be released for Philadelphia will be similarly high.  Hunger Free America previously found that, in 2013 – 2015, about 16 million Americans nationwide were working but still struggled against hunger.