Harrisburg– State Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) and fellow members of the legislative Hunger Caucus broke ground today on the Hunger Garden at the state Capitol Building.
Ward said the Hunger Garden will rely on volunteers to grow fresh vegetables to be donated to food banks. The garden is located between the main Capitol Building and the Ryan Office Building.
“There is not a senatorial district in Pennsylvania that is not dealing in some way with food insecurity issues, and that includes the 39th Senatorial District,” said Ward. “In addition to providing fresh produce for food banks, the Capitol Hunger Garden will help raise awareness of food insecurity and serve as a model for community gardens across this good and compassionate commonwealth.”
The Hunger Caucus, co-chaired by Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-36) and Rep. John Myers (D-201), will work collaboratively on the project with the Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS).
The Hunger Caucus was formed last year to combat hunger and food insecurity in Pennsylvania. Members work to lower barriers to anti-hunger programs and develop cooperative programs between government and the private sector to address hunger issues.
Senator Ward and other members of the Hunger Caucus were joined at the groundbreaking by Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, representatives from DGS, and a number of organizations, businesses and individuals who are supporting the Hunger Garden with supplies and volunteer work.
Individuals and organizations who have already pledged supplies and volunteers for the Hunger Garden include: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Home Depot, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Monsanto, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Ag Coalition, PennAg Industries Association, Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association, Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture, Pennsylvania Hunger Action Network, and Pennsylvania State Grange.
Individuals who are interested in donating time or supplies for the Hunger Garden are encouraged to visit Senator Ward’s website at www.senatorward.com and click on the Hunger Caucus button. From there, click on the Capitol Hunger Garden button to volunteer.
Contact: Rob Ritson