Whereas, hunger and poverty are issues of grave concern in the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the Amherst community, and
Whereas, the Town of Amherst is committed to taking steps to raise awareness about the need to combat hunger in every part of the community and to provide additional resources accessible to those in need, and
Whereas, the Town of Amherst is committed to working with a variety of organizations about the role and importance of food distribution in addressing the food needs in our community. These include, but are not limited to, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the Amherst Survival Center, Not Bread Alone, area churches, synagogues and mosques, the Senior Center, UMass Meals on Wheels, the Amherst Regional Public Schools, and
Whereas, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts distributed 10 million pounds of food last year in western Massachusetts and the Amherst Survival Center served over 17,000 free lunches during the past year to residents of the area, and
Whereas, over a third of the students in Amherst are on free or reduced lunch.
Now, therefore be it resolved that the Select Board of the Town of Amherst hereby proclaims September 2017 Hunger Action Month.