FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Group’s Goal: A Hunger-Free Lancaster County in Three Years
LANCASTER, Pa. (February 18) – Hunger-Free Lancaster County today announced that newly-retired Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker has been named its chairman.
Brubaker, who chose not to run for a third term and retired on November 30 after eight impactful years of service in the Pennsylvania Senate, wasted no time in working with the three-year old coalition to set a big goal for Lancaster County: to provide access to three healthy meals a day for all Lancastrians by March 2018. This represents over seven million meals and a value of more than $19 million.
While serving in the Senate as chairman of both the agriculture and finance committees, Senator Brubaker founded and chaired the Legislative Hunger Caucus and initiated the Capitol Hunger Garden, among many accomplishments.
“I am honored to have been asked to lead this initiative and am eager to get to work,” Senator Brubaker said. “Hunger is a solvable problem and as a seventh generation entrepreneur Brubaker from Lancaster County, I am positive that we can show the rest of the country how to do it!”
Hunger-Free Lancaster County is a coalition of Lancaster county-based private, religious and public sector organizations. Its members believe there is no county in the U.S. better equipped than Lancaster County to permanently eliminate hunger and food insecurity.
“Hunger-Free Lancaster County has set an audacious but very achievable goal – to make Lancaster County free of hunger by 2018,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, a Harrisburg-based charity serving 27 counties and a member of the coalition. “Because of its rich agricultural, philanthropic and religious traditions and its economic strength, Lancaster is an obvious choice to become the nation’s test case. And now with Senator Brubaker’s strategic and passionate leadership, we are confident that we can meet this challenge!”
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Corinna Wilson, Wilson500, Inc.
P: 717-979-3407; E: CorinnaWilson500@gmail.com
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank: http://www.centralpafoodbank.org
Legislative Hunger Caucus: http://hungergarden.pasenategop.com
Capitol Hunger Garden: http://hungergarden.pasenategop.com .