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Pennsylvania-based Organization Unifies the Anti-Hunger Movement, Pushes for Policy Change
Hunger-Free Pennsylvania (HFPA) is a network of food banks and charitable organizations. HFPA works to ensure that hunger alleviation programs in Pennsylvania receive the resources necessary to carry out operations. In addition, the organization advocates for meaningful policy changes by running campaigns, such as the proposal and publicization of proposed budget recommendations.
Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Sheila Christopher, executive director, at HFPA.
Food Tank (FT): How do you contribute to creating a better food system?
Sheila Christopher (SC): The HFPA network of food banks and other charitable food organizations do not just provide food to low-income families; they operate under two guiding principles: 1) make food nutritious and 2) work to change public policy to ensure everyone has access to healthy affordable food. One example of how HFPA members are redefining their standard food offerings and working to make nutritious, healthy foods more available is by creating nutrition policies and standards. These standards focus on eliminating certain unhealthy products—candy, sugary drinks, junk food—from food bank inventories. By improving the nutritional quality of the food they accept and distribute; food banks can discourage consumption of items that may fill empty stomachs but have proven negative health effects. One example of how HFPA members work to change policy would be the elimination of the SNAP asset test originally enacted in 2010 and repelled in 2015.
FT: What is a project, program, or result you are most proud of?
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