“The Working Hungry” Impacts Community

Local Attendees Gather to Fight Hunger

Last week, Lafayette Urban Ministry, along with Food Finders Food Bank and Bread for the World, kicked off Hunger Action Month by hosting a free screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary The Working Hungry. The event was a resounding success, drawing in 184 attendees, including 11 local officials.

Following the documentary screening, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, moderated a community discussion, bringing together a panel of experts to delve into systemic responses and solutions to combat hunger. The panel featured notable figures Michael Budd, CEO, Indiana United WaysGrace Kozak, State Organizer, Indiana Bread for the WorldAraceli Martinez, Student Leader, ACE Food Pantry at Purdue; and Kier Crites Muller, President/CEO, Food Finders Food Bank.

Most of the attendees remained afterward for a town hall session. During this session, participants used postcards to vividly describe the issue of food insecurity in our community. These postcards will be delivered to Jim Baird, US representative from Indiana and a member of the US House Committee on Agriculture. This committee is working on updating the Farm Bill this year, which will have a significant impact on food insecurity in our state. The message to Rep. Baird will underscore our unwavering commitment to the fight against food insecurity in our area.

This program is sponsored by Lafayette Urban Ministry, Bread for the World, and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

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