Agency named to Advocacy Hall of Fame for fourth year
FORT PIERCE, FL, Feb. 10, 2017 – For the fourth consecutive year, Treasure Coast Food Bank has been named to Feeding America’s Advocacy Hall of Fame for its efforts to speak out for people facing hunger. It is one of only 38 food banks nationwide to earn the distinction.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, created the national recognition program in 2013 to recognize leading advocates.
“Helping the community understand the fight against hunger helps us get everyone involved in the mission,” said Krista Garofalo, Chief Strategy & Advocacy Officer for Treasure Coast Food Bank. “And advocacy doesn’t end at the Treasure Coast. We’re proud to work with Feeding America to tell Washington how policies and programs will impact the people in need.”
Treasure Coast Food Bank makes it a priority to advocate and educate through communication with elected leaders, grassroots supporters, and thought leaders on issues of concern to the nation’s food bank network.
During 2016, Garofalo and Treasure Coast Food Bank President & CEO Judith Cruz met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act as well as local efforts to combat hunger, especially, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s new produce processing plant. Treasure Coast Food Bank also reached out to Congressman-Elect Brian Mast in December to invite him to tour the food bank and learn about its work.
Treasure Coast Food Bank works continually to educate state and local community leaders about important hunger issues. In addition to participating in state and county Food Policy Council meetings, Treasure Coast Food Bank hosted several educational events, including meetings with local farmers to discuss the produce processing plant, and panel discussions about hunger in Martin and Indian River counties.