A meeting to organize the Carroll County Coalition to End Hunger will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster, said Mark Lancaster, regional manager of the Maryland Food Committee.
Mr. Lancaster said yesterday the new local coalition would be an affiliate of the Maryland Coalition to End Hunger, a grass-roots lobby working on issues that significantly affect low-income people and, indirectly, everyone else.
He gave as an example the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program (WIC). He said that for every $1 the state spends on WIC, it saves $2 to $4 later in medical assistance costs paid by taxpayers.
Mr. Lancaster said the new coalition would empower people to deal with problems that cause hunger. He said participants would learn about hunger policies and decide which work and need citizen support.
nTC He said: "What we're trying to say to people is that, 'You have good sense, you know what's right and you have power -- but you have not used it.' "
He said the coalition would build working relationships with elected officials, but also develop tools to hold them accountable. For example, he said, the coalition could profile legislators and publicize their voting records on issues related to hunger.
Maryland Food Committee program director Douglas Miles said the Maryland Coalition to End Hunger is a partnership with the committee.
Mr. Miles said there were 23 active Coalitions to End Hunger around the state, organized on a county or regional basis.
Information: Mark Lancaster, 876-3637.