Finding a way to fight hunger took center stage Thursday in western Pennsylvania.
Business leaders met with government officials at the Penn State Extension in Mercer for the first Mercer County Hunger Summit. The group and faith-based organizations gathered together to share ideas and go over some sobering statistics such as 15 percent of the people who call Mercer County their home do not know where their next meal is coming from. Some seek help, but others suffer in silence.
“That seems to be one of the new faces of hunger, is our veterans and our military,” said Lori Weston, Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County. “They seem to fall through the cracks, so we are focusing on them, our seniors, and our children. We’re also trying to show the community how they can get involved and really make a difference.”
Thursday’s summit included a food drive. Everyone in attendance brought a non-perishable food item to help support the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.