Hunger-relief representatives advocating in Jefferson City

March 12, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest and its network of member organizations will join the five other Missouri food banks and hunger relief representatives from across the state in Jefferson City on Thursday, March 27, for the 4th annual Hunger Advocacy Day.

Those working on the front lines of hunger relief will educate policy makers on hunger issues and advocate for legislative policies of behalf of those who live in poverty in Missouri.

Last year, upon hearing the concerns of Advocacy Day attendees, Missouri representatives approved HB 453 which grants 50 percent tax credits to food bank or food pantry donors.

This year, the group will advocate for a bill that failed last year. The bill would have increased the minimum food stamps available to seniors.

Hunger relief workers are also hoping to bring attention to a bill that would increase child care subsidies for working mothers on welfare to help improve their quality of life.

Hunger Advocacy Day is open to the public. Ozarks Food Harvest will greet attendees in the Rotunda on the third floor of the Capitol Building in Jefferson City at 9 am on March 27. Those attending will have the opportunity to take a tour, watch the House and Senate in session, and speak with several key legislators to discuss upcoming legislation affecting communities across Missouri.

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To learn more, contact Lindsey Neddenriep at (417) 865-3411.