CINCINNATI – July 31, 2018 – Advocate Andy Fisher argues too many anti-hunger groups ignore the reason families struggle with food insecurity. His book, Big Hunger the Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, outlines a vision for solving hunger by addressing poverty.

Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio is bringing Fisher to Cincinnati to share his vision during a free public forum starting at 5:30 pm, Thursday, September 6 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

“We have pretended that the problem is hunger and not poverty. We’ve pretended that the solution to hunger is charity, not ensuring the right to food or increasing the political power of the poor,” Fisher says. “We need to ask whether the billions of dollars invested in the charitable food system would be better spent in other more effective and more dignifying ways of bolstering food security.”

Local leaders working to address poverty will join Fisher for a panel discussion and take questions from the audience. They include Giovanna Alvarez, Director of the Su Casa Hispanic Center; Ted Bergh, CEO of Catholic Charities; Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati; Kurt Reiber, President and CEO of the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank; and Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services.

“We are looking for fresh perspective on a prevalent and persistent issue that plagues our community,” Bergh says. “Catholic Charities partners with United Way of Greater Cincinnati in its goal to help 10,000 families move on a path out of poverty. Mr. Fisher will bring a fresh perspective and build on our resolve to solve this complex challenge.”

Learn more about the upcoming Big Hunger Event online.

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