Empty Plate Campaign Sends Message to Congress

September is Hunger Action Month and people across the country concluded a month’s worth of advocacy and awareness initiatives with a project using simple paper plates to send a strong message to their representatives: Please do not cut federal nutrition programs at a time when poverty in the U.S. is growing. A new study by the US Census Bureau report shows that approximately 15 percent of the population is at or below the poverty level—up from 14 percent the year before—the third straight jump in the poverty rate. According to the Washington Post, “Nearly one in six Americans was living in poverty last year.”

Louisa, Ana, Jordan, Myra & Bob

On Wednesday, September 28th, Joel Campos, Senior Manager Outreach and Education at Second Harvest, took more than 800 plates to the office of Representative Sam Farr, on behalf of our network of 200 food emergency partner agencies, soup kitchens, and programs. The plates provide a visual representation of the children and families in Santa Cruz County that are struggling with food insecurity.

Representative Sam Farr

We’d like to thank Representative Farr for his strong support of anti-hunger programs. He will be taking the plates to Washington and reading several of them aloud on the floor, as the 112th Congress makes important decisions impacting food insecure families and the programs and agencies that serve them.

Although Hunger Action Month is drawing to a close, there are many ways that you can stay involved throughout the year to help end hunger and malnutrition in Santa Cruz County.

Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of so many, and they have fun doing it! Last year over 3,200 volunteers contributed the service-equivalent of more than 20 full-time employees.


Every $1 donated provides 4 healthy meals to those in need. There are over 50,000 working poor families, children and seniors in need of food each month. Half of those served are children with no other resource for a nutritious meal.


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