Food Bank to host community forum with candidates Sept. 3

September 1, 2014

The Food Bank of Delaware will host Food for Thought, a conversation with candidates running for state legislature, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, at its Milford facility, 1040 Mattlind Way.

“Sponsoring this policy discussion is very important for the health and food security of all Delawareans. We held our New Castle County forum this morning and it was inspiring to hear candidates’ ideas for alleviating hunger,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We take very seriously the role of educating our elected officials and candidates for political office and providing an opportunity for them to process, learn and ask questions regarding hunger and nutrition issues.”

Food for Thought will offer local candidates running for the Delaware State Senate and House the opportunity to voice their stance on issues related to food insecurity, poverty and nutrition. Following brief prepared remarks by the candidates, the floor will be opened to the public for a question and answer session.

Food for Thought aims to educate the community before heading to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 9, and raises awareness of how legislation affects day-to-day service to hungry people throughout the state and how community members can change the shape of legislation through their political involvement.

Confirmed candidates include Pat Emory, candidate, State Senate District 18 -primary; Claire Snyder-Hall, candidate, State Senate District 6; Dave Wilson, incumbent, state House District 35; Gary Wolfe, candidate, state Senate District 18 - primary; Paulette Rappa, candidate, state House District 37; Ruth Briggs King, incumbent, state House District 37; Kevin Robbins, candidate, state House District 33; Ron Gray, incumbent, state House District 38; Pete Kramer, candidate, state House District 29.

To attend Food for Thought, register by contacting Ashley Michini, Food Bank of Delaware policy and advocacy coordinator, at 302-292-1305, Ext. 206, or Space is limited. Complementary continental breakfast will be provided.


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