Food Bank Builds Grassroots Movement to Fight Hunger and Poverty
September is Hunger Action Month, and around the country food banks are expanding their power by building grassroots movements to fight hunger and poverty. The Alameda County Community Food Bank has been a leader in that movement by engaging grassroots leaders in an organized movement for policy and social change. These passionate leaders provide a voice for the community and those impacted by food insecurity by educating policy makers, speaking about their own experiences with hunger, and participating in policy campaigns. These grassroots advocates have already achieved key policy wins but they’re not stopping.
Long-time advocate Edlyn Countee gives this advice to other advocates: “Be real, tell the real story, and paint a picture. Not everyone is a textbook case.” She connects with others because she knows from personal experience what it actually feels like to be working butstill unable to put food on the table.