Leaders in Northern Virginia Hunger Relief Efforts to Hold News Conference Addressing SNAP Cuts, Increased Hunger Among Children and Families

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Local Leaders Join Virginia Fair Share and Capital Area Food Bank to Denounce Proposed Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Call for an End to Childhood Hunger

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Local leaders will hold a news conference Friday at 9:30 a.m. to voice concern over the budget plan recently passed by the House of Representatives which would convert the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) into a block grant and cut funding by as much as $125 billion (34 percent) over five years. Joining Virginia Fair Share will be Mayor William Euille, from the City of Alexandria, Cecelia Vergaretti, Senior Director of the Northern Virginia Region of the Capital Area Food Bank, and Esperita Bullard, Customer Service Manager of the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services. Speakers will discuss the impact of these proposed cuts on children in Northern Virginia and urge federal officials to make investments that are critical to help end childhood hunger.

Who: Mayor William Euille, City of Alexandria
Cecelia Vergaretti, Senior Director of Northern Virginia, Capital Area Food Bank
Esperita Bullard, Customer Service Manager, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services    
Nick Arent, Campaign Organizer, Virginia Fair Share

When: 9:30 a.m. Friday April 10th, 2015.

Where: Market Square, Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Visuals: Virginia Fair Share will have a blown up pie chart depicting the large role SNAP plays to reduce childhood hunger in Virginia. The event will take place on a stage in beautiful Market Square in front of the Alexandria City Hall. There will be a small crowd in attendance.

Note: There will be a few parking spaces reserved. Please contact Nick Arent if you would like information about obtaining one of these spots.

Virginia Fair Share is a non-profit, grassroots, field and advocacy organization, working to make sure everyone gets, pays, and does their fair share; and plays by the same rules. Find out more at http://www.fairshareonline.org/virginia-fair-share.

The Capital Area Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, was founded on January 15 – Martin Luther King’s birthday – in 1980 and takes a comprehensive approach to addressing hunger by increasing access to nutritious food, initiating change through skill-building and advocacy, and creating sustainability with outreach and training for those at risk of hunger. The CAFB is the Washington metro area’s largest public, nonprofit food and nutrition education resource. For more information, go to http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org

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