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For Immediate Release
Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights Fights Food Food Insecurity One Meal at a Time
Santa Rosa,CA | March 11, 2017
Can one meal provide empowerment? The Sonoma County Junior Commission believes it can, and they are committed to fighting to end poverty and food insecurity in our own county. The Junior Commission, made up of Sonoma County high school students, is hosting its third year of the Fight to End Food Insecurity Project. The Poverty and Food Insecurity Committee have held two events this year. The next 24-Hour Fights will be on March 24 and April 22. So far the committee has raised enough funds to provide over 6,000 meals to aid low-income families in need of healthy and sustainable meals and food sources.
The first event held on Jan. 21 aimed to increase awareness about local food insecurity and raise money to fight for this human rights issue. In 2016, the Sonoma Hunger Index stated that about 70,000 families, or 36% of all households, missed some 34 million meals even with well-functioning assistance
programs in place. The Junior Commission hopes to lower this figure by holding fundraisers and helping local food banks. During the 24-Hour Fight to End Food Insecurity, participants refrain from eating for 24 hours. They pledge a minimum of one dollar for every hour and
donate it to the Junior Commission on Human Rights, which presents the funds to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The committee has also volunteered at the Redwood Gospel Mission, held fundraising dinners and presented to local Rotary Clubs for support. Each dollar donated will provide two meals to
families that struggle to put food on the table.
Participants in the 24-Hour fundraiser have written to the Commission about the impact of their experiences. Catherine Liang, Chair of the Junior Commission says, “It really puts it into perspective even just abstaining from eating for a single day. I think it serves as an excellent reminder to us all to be grateful for such a basic right, and to remind us that we still have a lot of work to do.” Participants who cannot abstain from eating on their doctor’s medical advice are encouraged to donate in spirit. For more info and to sign up, visit www.socofoodinsecurityfight.org
(Photo: Poverty and Food Insecurity Committee members L-R Catherine Liang, Varun Ramakrishnan, Daksh Chauhan. Photo Credit: Dmitra Smith)