Statement attributable to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO
Tomorrow, millions of people are expected to go to the polls to cast their ballots – joining an unprecedented number of people who voted early. No matter what the result of the election, on November 4th, tens of millions of people will wake up not knowing where they will get their next meal or, even worse for so many, how to feed their families. While millions of households have been affected, communities of color have had to bear a disproportionate amount of the impact. The hard truth is that more than 50 million people in America may be food insecure this year before the COVID-19 crisis is over.
These are uncertain times with many significant health and financial implications beyond our control. The difficulty of these challenges is unnecessarily compounded by political differences that divide our attention away from people and issues that need our focus.
Regardless of the election results, too many people will go to bed tonight with the gnawing pain of an empty stomach and will wake tomorrow without a clear path to breaking that cycle. Feeding America and our network of 200 member food banks are ready to work for solutions to the real-world problems facing the people we serve every day. We thank all who have joined the anti-hunger movement and ask that you continue with us on this journey. And, we invite those who have not yet to do so. Fifty million people are counting on us.
Ending hunger starts with your vote. Read our voting guide before you head to the polls this election.
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.