Aug. 10, 2011
Legislators roll up their sleeves to end hunger
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which is working with state lawmakers from across the country on a task force to address hunger, is donating $10,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) as part of its activities aimed at highlighting the large number of people who do not have enough to eat in America.
Legislators and legislative staff attending the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2011 Legislative Summit in San Antonio will have the opportunity to dedicate the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 10, to combating hunger, beginning with a policy session on the issue featuring Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, followed by a visit to and volunteer activity at the SAFB.
“This will be a great opportunity for dozens of legislators to see what is working in San Antonio, and bring back new ideas to their own states,” said Georgia Senator Renee Unterman.
An estimated 49 million Americans go to bed unsure where their food will come from the next day. Almost 17 million of them are children and 5 million are seniors. Last year, more than 37 million people went to a food bank for emergency food assistance. State legislators are working with AARP, through the NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership, to combat the problem. The donation and this week’s other activities are designed to highlight the problem.
The NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership links legislators, legislative staff and interested businesses to share and identify innovative and successful programs, develop ways to support legislators in their efforts to reduce hunger, and increase the visibility of problem in America.
The San Antonio Food Bank is a nationally recognized facility, providing a wide range of programs including SNAP, WIC, summer meals, Kids Café, the backpack program and a senior farmers’ market. The SAFB has become the first and now largest food stamp outreach program in Texas, and received the Food Bank of the Year Award from Feeding America. The AARP donation will be presented on site during the legislators’ visit. AARP is a founding member of the NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership.
Panel Discussion: Combating Hunger in America
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, room 214C
Wed., Aug. 10, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
- Georgia Senator Renee S. Unterman
- Nevada Senate Majority Leader Senator Steven A. Horsford
- Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
- Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation
- Laura Melillo, Yum! Brands Foundation
NCSL will release a new hunger report entitled “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger Through Public Private Partnerships.” The San Antonio Food Bank is highlighted in this new report.
San Antonio Food Bank Visit
5200 Old Highway 90 West, San Antonio, Texas 78227
*Transportation to the food bank from NCSL’s Legislative Summit will be provided for reporters.
Wed., Aug. 10:
2:30 p.m. – AARP check presentation
3 p.m. – Legislator volunteer activity
For more information on the NCSL Foundation Hunger Partnership, please contact Sheri Steisel and Ann Morse in NCSL’s DC office.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.
The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to over 500 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security.