Libraries, Rotary, and Arts Council Team For Program about Food and Housing Insecurity

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As cold weather settles over the Endless Mountains and planning begins for the winter holidays, many are turning their attention to those who may not have access to reliable housing or food sources during the coming celebrations.  The statistics from across the country are daunting, and it is estimated that 1 in 8 will experience food and/or housing insecurity in their lifetime. Research indicates that vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, veterans, the disabled, and minorities face higher percentages of housing and food concerns.

What does that look like in our local community?  What resources and safeguards are available to help families and individuals facing these issues?  What can our region do to assist these vulnerable populations?

In an effort to address these questions, the Library System of Bradford County is partnering with the Bradford County Regional Arts Council with support from the Wyalusing Rotary Club to host a Community Conversation for Social Repair featuring a free viewing of the award-winning movie “The Public” followed by a dialogue about food and housing insecurity.  Guests from Child Hunger Outreach Partners, Endless Mountains Mission Center, and other community organizations will lead the discussion to explore the current situation in Bradford County, the resources available, and the future of these issues. All community leaders, citizens, and organizations are encouraged to attend and bring their thoughts to the table.

The Public”, written, produced by, and starring Emilio Estevez, follows the story of a public library caught in the middle of an emergency housing crisis during a vicious cold front in Cincinnati.  The film is rated PG-13 for brief nudity and language.

Please join us for a free showing of this thought-provoking movie followed by a community discussion on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 pm at the Keystone Theatre in Towanda.

In addition to this program, the Library System of Bradford County will be hosting a variety of charity drives during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 16 through 24.  Each of the nine libraries will be teaming up with an organization that serves their area.  Please reach out to your local library or follow them on Facebook to see how you can take part in a food, clothing, or other resource drive.  All donations will stay in the local community to serve citizens of Bradford County.

Where are we?:  Allen F. Pierce Free Library, Troy; Bradford County Library, Burlington; Green Free Library, Canton; Mather Memorial Library, Ulster; Monroeton Public Library, Monroeton; Sayre Public Library, Sayre; Spalding Memorial Library, Athens; Towanda Public Library, Towanda; Wyalusing Public Library, Wyalusing.

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