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Hearing (and Speaking) about Hunger

By Michael D. Stratten, Community Nutrition Educator

I am glad that I was able to take a half day off work this March to attend Hunger Day on the Hill at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul. Although I was nervous about meeting personally with state legislators, attending Hunger Day on the Hill was an experience I will never forget. I learned about the Good Food Access Fund bill, and how it would benefit our local food shelves. It was very empowering and gratifying to know that my voice was not just heard, but could be instrumental in the process of passing legislation that benefits not just my community but the whole state of Minnesota.

It was an honor and a privilege to go to the capitol and represent people in hunger who have a voice, but aren’t sure on how to make their voices heard. I hope we all realize the power that our voices and votes carry, and the moral responsibility and obligation to always speak up for the right thing.

I would like to thank my fellow Health and Nutrition educators Laura Bohen, Jamie Bain, and Laura Purdue for encouraging me to exercise my power and right to make a difference for the present and future generations.

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