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You are invited to participate in the “Vote to End Hunger” interfaith rally on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Grand View University in Des Moines. The event is sponsored by Bread for the World and the Iowa Catholic Conference. The purpose of the rally is to make hunger a priority issue in the presidential campaign. Speakers will include Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.
Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register, will serve as the emcee for the event. Cory Berkenes, executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association, will speak about what hunger looks like in Iowa. In addition, Jos Linn, Grassroots Manager, U.S. Poverty Campaigns, RESULTS, will lead an interactive session on advocacy and making your voice heard to candidates and elected officials. The rally will also feature an Iowan who has lacked reliable access to a sufficient quantity of food.
To sign up for the free rally go to votetoendhungeriowa.eventbrite.com. The event will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. pending on the availability of presidential candidates, who are being invited to speak. Several videos of candidates explaining their plans to address hunger and poverty will be shown in the arena immediately before the start of the rally.
Supporters of the rally include Church World Service, the Western, Northeastern and Southeastern Iowa Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, the Presbytery of Des Moines, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, and the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.