Kathleen Shapley-Quinn became dedicated to fighting hunger when, in high school, she discovered the movement called “Bread for the World”, which is invested in hunger relief advocacy. She has worked since then for that cause in all sorts of ways. Here at PORCH, her advocacy is invaluable.
What does she do? She brings stamps, postcards, lists of immediate problems that our political representatives, state and local, need to address now, and sits us down between bagging and carrying to write to those who can, and should, implement change for the better. She keeps her eye on emerging problems in the national and state sphere and listens as others bring her their concerns.
Kathleen came to PORCH with the idea of a double advocacy…not only feeding the hungry through our all-volunteer, neighborhood food gathering, but also to take advantage of sort-time to send those messages to those who can bring change not only locally, but to everyone in need.
She gives me a broad smile when she says, “And the PORCH board listened and said yes!” It seemed natural to work for those issues, too, since hunger is always driven by other needs.[Read more…]