Heat or Eat? Tackling Hunger in the Suburbs

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OFB choices posters-1As cold sets in, the week before Thanksgiving, it’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

“People in the suburbs are often surprised that it’s the soccer mom sitting next to them, or a neighbor who is considered a member of the working poor,” says Larry Welsch, Executive Director at the Chester County Food Bank. “When money is tight and choices have to be made between heat or food, the easy choice is to stop eating. It’s hard to justify buying a holiday turkey when you can’t pay for medicine.”

As part of the company’s annual Give Joy charitable outreach initiative during the holiday season, QVC has connected with the Chester County Food Bank in Exton, PA, to raise awareness of food insecurity in our region and beyond. QVC Program Hosts Carolyn Gracie, Jacque Gonzales and Rick Domeier, along with colleagues, will deliver 50 complete Thanksgiving Dinners with all the trimmings on behalf of QVC to the Food Bank on Friday, November 21st.

“The season for giving is upon us, and we hope our donation will help give families the joy of sharing a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” says Carolyn Gracie, QVC Program Host. “We hope to raise awareness about hunger and encourage others to donate to their local pantries and food banks.”

givingtuesday 20140104What does hunger look like in the suburbs? “People in the suburbs are often surprised that it’s the soccer mom sitting next to them, or a neighbor who is considered a member of the working poor,” says Larry Welsch, Executive Director at the Chester County Food Bank. “When money is tight and choices have to be made between heat or food, the easy choice is to stop eating. It’s hard to justify buying a holiday turkey when you can’t pay for medicine.”

Tips: How people can help in their communities:

• When people ask what to bring to a holiday gathering, suggest a donation to the Food Bank.

• Great food donation items include things that you typically find in your own pantry.

• Make a monetary donation to a local food bank.

• Buy one, give one during your next trip to the grocery store.

• Donate a turkey and the sides.

• Host a food drive.

How to donate: Items can be donated at your local food pantry and to Chester County Food Bank:

650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton, PA

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

More info at www.ChesterCountyfoodbank.org 

Meghan Kelly

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