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Posted on: May 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Snyder Joins Other City Leaders in Nonpartisan Coalition Fighting Childhood Hunger

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Today, Mayor Kate Snyder joins more than 110 other mayors from 41 states and the District of Columbia in a nonpartisan coalition called the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, which taps the individual and collective leadership of mayors to take meaningful action to end childhood hunger in cities nationwide.

 

There is no excuse for children to go hungry in this country. Yet it happens – every day, in every community. In the United States today, nearly 12 million children live in families considered food insecure.

 

“I’m happy to join this nonpartisan coalition to help end childhood hunger,” said Mayor Kate Snyder. “I’m thankful that Maine has a new law that will provide free school meals for students once the current COVID waiver expires, as that will go far in ensuring kids can better learn and reduce the stigma associated with free and reduced cost lunch. However, too many families experience persistent hunger and food insecurity, and this work is imperative and must continue.”

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, state, local and national leaders took urgent action to fight childhood hunger - tactics that worked to stave off greater rates of food insecurity despite the severe economic hardships brought on by the pandemic. The Mayors Alliance harnesses the collective expertise of mayors from across the political spectrum to continue driving change at the state and national level.

 

The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger is a partner of the national nonprofit Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry campaign.

 

“Mayors have witnessed firsthand the hardship their constituents are facing, and their cities are on the frontlines of responding to the short and long-term impacts of hunger in their communities,” says Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen mayors address child hunger in a variety of creative ways, like advocating for and strengthening nutrition programs, to creating innovative public-private partnerships and growing awareness of the systemic connections between poverty, racism and hunger.”

 

For more information about the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger, please visit: www.mayorshungeralliance.org.

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About The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger

Launched in 2022, the Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger harnesses the individual and collective leadership of mayors to end childhood hunger in communities nationwide. The Mayors Alliance to End Childhood Hunger is a nonpartisan coalition working in partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to ensure that every child has the healthy food they need to thrive.

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