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Congressman Huffman tours Food Bank's Whistlestop senior pantry in Marin

June 21, 2013

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will visit a senior pantry at Whistlestop in San Rafael, California at 11 a.m. PT Friday, June 21.

Huffman will tour the food pantry, serve lunch to seniors, and speak about his experience taking the SNAP Challenge, wherein he limited himself to $4.50 a day for food for five days, the average benefit for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient. The SNAP challenge coincides with consideration of the House Farm Bill, which cuts $20 billion from SNAP. This bill will eliminate food assistance to nearly 2 million low-income Americans and shuts 210,000 children out of free or reduced-cost school meals.

Whistlestop is a pantry open to seniors living in Marin County. The San Francisco and Marin Food Banks provide food to Whistlestop as well as 240 other food pantries in San Francisco and Marin. The pantry allows participants to choose from seasonal produce, meat, eggs, beans and grains.

Seniors comprise 25 percent of Marin’s population and it’s estimated that by 2020, fully 40 percent of Marin’s population will be 60 years or older. The Elder Index Report estimates that two out of five seniors living alone and paying a mortgage cannot afford to meet their basic needs.

During an average week, the Food Bank serves more than 144,000 people throughout San Francisco and Marin counties.  The Food Bank will distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 100,000 meals every day. Nearly 60 percent of what is distributed is fresh fruits and vegetables.

WHO:           Congressman Jared Huffman
WHAT:          Visit to  Whistlestop senior food pantry
WHEN:         11 a.m. PT, Friday, June 21
WHERE:       Senior Food Pantry at Whistlestop
                                930 Tamalpais Ave.
                                San Rafael, CA 94901