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October 01, 2021

Congressman David Trone Hosts Roundtable with Experts on Food Insecurity for Hunger Action Month

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October 1, 2021

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, Sasha.Galbreath@mail.house.gov 

Congressman David Trone Hosts Roundtable with Experts on Food Insecurity for Hunger Action Month

Congressman Trone with Hunger Awareness Month Roundtable panelists. To watch the full conversation click here.

WASHINGTON, DC – To address food insecurity and recognize Hunger Action Month, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) hosted a roundtable discussion with experts on preventing hunger in Maryland’s Sixth District. During the roundtable, the group discussed SNAP benefits, racial inequities, the Child Tax Credit, accurate data sharing, and how the pandemic has increased the rate of food insecurity.

“During Hunger Action Month, we recommit ourselves to addressing food and nutrition injustice for the families struggling with hunger,” said Representative David Trone. “Like most other equity issues, hunger and food insecurity are rooted in poverty, unemployment, healthcare, and systemic racism. It’s important to hold roundtables like this one so that I know what I can do to help Marylanders in Congress. I’m here to help because no one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from.”

According to Feeding America using USDA Food insecurity statistics, more than 640,000 people are food insecure in Maryland, 195,960 of whom are children. Research also indicates that communities of color are more likely to experience food insecurity compared to their white counterparts. Feeding America projects that, in 2021, about 21.3% of Black individuals and 11.1% of white individuals will experience hunger this year. 

The panelists included: 

  • Carmen Del Guercio, CEO of the Maryland Food Bank
  • Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank
  • Jackie DeCarlo, CEO of Manna Food Center
  • Mike Embly, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services, Washington County Public Schools
  • Michael J. Wilson, Executive Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions

The recorded discussion can be found here.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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