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As It Celebrates its Tenth Year, D.C. Hunger Solutions Recognizes D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh for her Work to End Hunger in the District
Pictured: Alex Ashbrook, Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, presents the Hunger Hero award to Councilmember Mary Cheh.
Washington, D.C. – December 11, 2012 – In recognition of her leadership to end hunger and promote nutrition in the nation’s capital, D.C. Hunger Solutions presented its Hunger Hero award to Councilmember Mary Cheh. Cheh accepted the award at a December 10th event commemorating D.C. Hunger Solutions’ decade of work to end hunger and promote nutrition in the District of Columbia.
“Councilmember Cheh’s work is helping pave the way to a hunger-free District, and we are grateful for her extraordinary leadership. D.C. Hunger Solutions is privileged to call her a friend and partner in our fight against hunger,” said Alex Ashbrook, Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger group in Washington D.C. and an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). “As we look ahead to the next ten years, we look forward to achieving even more gains for low-income residents with Councilmember Cheh’s support.”
Councilmember Cheh has long advocated for improved food and nutrition policies in the District. Her Healthy Schools Act, which was passed in 2010, is improving the health and nutrition of students who attend D.C. public and charter schools. The Act was credited with helping D.C. achieve the number one ranking in the nation in 2011 for school breakfast participation among low-income children.
Her work does not end there. With the goal of increasing access to nutritious food retail in low-income areas, Councilmember Cheh introduced and worked to pass the FEED (Food, Environment, and Economic Development) D.C. Act in 2010. Most recently, in October 2012, to raise awareness about the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Cheh took part in a SNAP challenge, where for one week she used the average SNAP allotment – $30 in Washington, D.C. – for all of her food. At the conclusion of the Challenge, Cheh introduced a resolution to commemorate the importance of SNAP and the need to keep the program strong.