Restore Opportunity: Hold the Candidates Accountable!

Action for Opportunity Presidential Forum

South Carolina, November 23

Why: The erosion of the middle class and steep decline of the American Dream is among the most important domestic challenges of our time and profoundly impacts other critical issues like health, education, racial inequity, economic competitiveness, and national security. Therefore, prompting all candidates to concretely address these issues is critically important in the 2020 election cycle.

In the presidential elections of 2008, 2012, and 2016, there were more than 50 primary and general election candidate debates, yet not a single question on poverty, hunger, or homelessness was asked.

What: Led by non-profit, anti-hunger groups Hunger Free America and A Place at the Table, the Action for Opportunity forum is a high profile, bi-partisan presidential forum about the candidates’ plans to address hunger, poverty, homelessness, and economic opportunity.

Where: The Weldon Auditorium Manning, South Carolina, 7 Maple St, Manning, SC 29102.

This is a rural county with a poverty rate double the national rate and a medium household income 38 percent less than the national average. 

*This site is wheelchair accessible*

Lead Organizers

Hunger Free America (formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger) is a national nonprofit group building a nonpartisan, grass-roots membership movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

Our long-term goal is not just to ameliorate the problem, but also to build the people’s movement necessary to enact the economic and public policies needed to end hunger entirely. Given that hunger drains our economy and tears at our moral and civic fabric, we know that eliminating it will boost the nation both economically and spiritually. Towards that end, we’ve adopted the motto: “Ending hunger lifts us all.”

A Place at the Table, through their critically acclaimed film, shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

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