While Pennsylvania’s experience is better than most states, hunger and food insecurity take a high human and economic toll in Pennsylvania. The Inter-Agency Council on Food and Nutrition (Council) was created to address hunger and related conditions of poverty. The Council is composed of representatives from six executive agencies (Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services) and hunger and nutrition advocates and food providers for the hungry.
In January 2007 the Council convened a "Hunger Summit" to hear testimony and conduct focused discussions on the roles of Pennsylvanians and government in addressing hunger and food insecurity. Based on the information gathered at the Hunger Summit and additional work by the Council, it developed the Blueprint for a Hunger-Free Pennsylvania. The goal of the blueprint and the Council is to eliminate chronic food insecurity by 2020.
Government at the state, federal and local levels working together with community partners can more effectively address hunger and the underlying causes contributing to it.