Senate Panel Approves Hunger Awareness, Prevention Measures
HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approves measures today to promote hunger awareness and help the food industry donate to food assistance networks, according to committee chairman Senator Mike Brubaker (R-36).
The committee approved Senate Resolution 384 to designate September as Hunger Action Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution encourages individuals and communities to focus greater attention on hunger issues and donate additional time, money and resources to fight against food insecurity.
“Families in every community in the state are affected by hunger,” said Brubaker, who serves as co-chair of the legislative Hunger Caucus and sponsored the resolution. “I am hopeful that this resolution will draw more attention to the problem and encourage more people to lend a helping hand to those in need.”
The committee also approved House Bill 2139, legislation to establish the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS) to develop and operate a system for the food industry to donate food products to charitable food assistance networks in the state. The program would help Pennsylvania farmers, food packers and processors to distribute surplus food products to organizations that provide assistance for individuals and families in need.
In addition to the hunger awareness and prevention measures, the committee also approved House Bill 511, legislation to help contain and control the spread of diseases by creating a penalty for entering an agricultural biosecurity area, and House Bill 174, legislation to improve food safety standards.
More information on legislation approved by the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is available online at senatorbrubaker.com.