Because hunger is no laughing matter, HOH is sharing this today: Making ends meet is undeniably challenging during these lean economic times. Rep. Frank Wolf is particularly perturbed by one stomach-turning indicator: bare shelves at local food pantries.
The Virginia Republican will take another stab at helping to reverse the trend when he addresses the Capital Area Food Bank’s Northern Virginia Hunger Summit later today.
Though he stays in touch with food banks across his district (connecting with them about every month, he estimates) and is plenty proud of the Feds Feed Families initiative — a government-wide program that collected 5.8 million pounds in nonperishable food items this year and that he helped establish — Wolf hungers to do more.
First up: prodding satellite government offices. He specifically called out the Winchester, Va., offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FBI to funnel their food collections to neighboring food banks (all Feds Feed Families donations default to the D.C.-based Capital Area Food Bank). Next, he’ll ask Northern Virginia schools to launch rolling food drives after the holidays (giving typically dries up post-seasonal glut).
His most ambitious goal, however, is to lean on area businesses. Not some. Not half. ALL of them — to, ahem, help strengthen the social safety net.
“Every company in the Washington, D.C., area ought to do a food drive. And every company would do a food drive. They just haven’t been asked,” he says. “Nobody wants to see folks go hungry.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.