from the inbox, a note from Tom Wolf
My candidacy is grounded in the idea that I am a different kind of leader -- a non-traditional candidate -- a businessman who has never run for public office.
I built my successful business on doing things differently. The organizations that I have been involved with have survived and grown in the toughest of times because we overcame challenges by working together to better our community.
It is in this spirit of community and in the spirit of the holiday season that my wife Frances and I will be breaking with the contemporary campaign tradition of hosting a reception during the Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City.
Food should never have to be a question, but just before Thanksgiving, more than $5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program went into effect, hurting more than 47.7 million Americans who are already struggling to put food on the family dinner table.
In Pennsylvania alone, these cuts to food stamps affect more than 1.8 million of our neighbors and friends. For a family of four, these cuts mean 20 fewer meals per month -- and as a result, charitable food banks are struggling to meet a sudden surge of demand.
So instead of doing what is expected of a campaign and spending upwards of $15,000 in New York City, we have decided to contribute our time and money to Pennsylvania food banks so that others who are not quite as fortunate as many of us may enjoy a brighter holiday.
It is our hope that by taking this different approach, that all Pennsylvania families will be united in the bonds of friendship.
If you'd like to join us in this effort by donating your time or money to a food bank in your area, please visit http://www.feedingpa.org/.
With warmest regards for a joyous and peaceful holiday season,