Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Recognizes the 4th Annual Dallas Hunger Summit
Dallas, TX - (Friday, September 25, 2015) - Today, the 4th Annual Dallas Hunger Summit was held in Dallas by the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions (DCHA). Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson serves as the chair of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions whose mission is to empower and educate residents who lack access to healthy food. The DCHA is a coalition of individuals and organizations that focus on the priorities of eliminating hunger in the child and elderly populations, as well as expand the utilization of urban agriculture and the faith community to find hunger solutions. This year’s summit focused on the 472,000 people in Dallas County that are “food insecure” and was aimed at identifying strategies and initiatives that can help make a significant impact in lowering this number.
Due to votes in the House of Representatives, the Congresswoman was not able to attend the summit in person this year; however, Congresswoman Johnson did submit a Congressional Record Statement recognizing the DCHA Hunger Summit. In the Statement, she laid out several accomplishments that have been achieved since last year’s summit.
The congressional record statement describes several of the DCHA past year’s successes. “The Child Hunger Action Team continued to partner with DISD to expand the number of schools that served suppers during afterschool programs – growing participation from 28 in 2013 to over 160 today. Second, the Faith Community Action Team organized 15 congregations and ministries to jointly provide vegetable gardens to 190 families across the County, many of them growing their own food for the very first time. Third, the Senior Hunger Action Team has begun implementing collaborative pilot initiatives to increase the number of seniors with access to SNAP benefits and to increase participation in senior congregate meal programs.”
Bringing an end to hunger in Dallas and throughout the state of Texas as a whole has long been a goal of Congresswoman Johnson. She will continue to work to bring people and organizations together to combat the hunger crisis within her city and throughout the state of Texas.