We were happy to be included – as a pit stop – in local radio personality Monte Belmonte’s 26 mile March (from Northampton to Greenfield) against hunger. We welcomed Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and Andrew Morehouse, Director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. While they were here, we gave Congressman McGovern paper plates with written messages on them. Authored by ASC participants and volunteers, these messages were expressions of their concerns about access to healthy food and food pantries, and the importance of the food stamp program.
This past week, we were even more excited and proud when we saw Congressman McGovern read these messages on the floor of the House of Representatives. By doing so, he gave Center participants a new audience: the United States Congress! Thank you to The Food Bank of Western MA for this great graphic, showing Congressman Jim McGovern’s recent address recapping his time on Monte’s March and reading plates given to him when he stopped at the Amherst Survival Center. Be sure to watch the video on YouTube.
We so appreciate Congressman McGovern for sharing the concerns of our participants and for giving all of us a voice in the U.S. Congress.