Under the leadership of Commissioner Duke Storen, over the last five months, the Virginia Department of Social Services has been holding a series of Virginia United Hunger Town Halls across the Commonwealth to gather insight, input and ideas around the experiences and challenges of hunger as well as discuss recommendations for solutions, while addressing the needs of individual communities. Insight, ideas and information from the town halls will be used to inform the development and implementation of a blueprint to end hunger in Virginia. Additionally, the blueprint will include sections that focus solely on children, and will be presented to the Children’s Cabinet. After the blueprint is developed, the Virginia Department of Social Services plan to reconvene stakeholders for regional action planning sessions this fall.
ALIVE! and Hunger Free Alexandria have been asked to coordinate the community conversation in the City of Alexandria. While statistics help frame the magnitude of the problem, it is by hearing about the lived experience of hunger and the struggles of organizations fighting hunger that the Commonwealth can best surface the key solutions that can meet the specific needs of individuals and communities.
Advocacy groups, community leaders and service organizations are invited to share insights and participate in this important conversation. Your leadership and attendance are very greatly appreciated! We need many voices and perspectives to accurately address these issues, so please share this event page and the meeting details with others in your network. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Allison Coles at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 837-9321. Or Olivia Brown at email@example.com. Please note that Olivia will be traveling the week of July 15th and may not have access to email.
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Parking is readily available at First Christian Church. We will be meeting in the multi-purpose room. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.
Areas of discussion will include:
- What are the resources available to food insecure families? What are the resources available during the summer?
- What are the barriers for families to access these resources?
- How can we work together to improve awareness of these resources?
- Are there neighborhoods with significant gaps in resources and can we address those?
- Are the opportunities to engage elected officials in this work?
- Who will commit to what actions?