Earlier this week, President and CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey, Val Traore, attended the Annual National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington D.C. to discuss food, health, and help with hunger advocates from food banks, non-profits, and various organizations across the country. The conference creates an opportunity to facilitate important conversations between these hunger advocates and D.C.’s political community about the many policies, bills, and government regulations that directly affect who and how we feed the nearly 42 million Americans struggling with food insecurity in our country. And with healthcare currently on the minds of many D.C. constituents, this presented a perfect opportunity to show lawmakers from either side of the aisle how all of these issues are directly connected.
The three-day conference concludes with a final opportunity to meet face to face with the legislators from each hunger advocate’s territory to discuss the specific needs of that area, and for FBSJ that meant meeting with the teams from Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Norcross’ offices. I had the privilege to join our President for the meetings and listen in on how we can help to keep our teams accountable for helping the more than 200,000 food-insecure individuals living in South Jersey.
Check out photos from the day below to see who we met with and what we discussed.