90.5 WESA Pittsburgh NPR News Reports on Roundtable at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Food Bank Hosts Hunger Discussion with State Lawmakers

Streamlining the assistance process and making it more user-friendly were among the goals laid out when state policymakers and community leaders met Wednesday at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for a discussion about how to best combat hunger and poverty in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) approached him earlier this summer about holding such an event.

Reed expressed “frustration with both parties at the national level seeming to want to talk about everything but a glaring problem that we have in America.” He hopes starting the conversation in Pennsylvania will influence policymakers in other states and in the federal government. “We are one state in a nation of 50, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

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