Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lugar Speaks on Hunger

Bethany Presbyterian Church in partnership with Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. (Food Finders) and Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) are pleased to welcome Senator Richard Lugar to speak on the issue of hunger in both a local and global context. The event, which is free to the public, will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3305 Longlois Dr, Lafayette, at 12:15 Sunday March 27.

Following Senator Lugar’s address there will be a time for a panel discussion with representatives from Food Finders, and LUM adding their insights on the issue. A light soup and bread lunch will follow. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations are not required but will be accepted to be disbursed though Food Finders and LUM’s benevolence programs.

For years Seanator Lugar has worked to address the issues of hunger. Last August the United States Senate unanimously passed reauthorization of child nutrition programs covering school meals, summer food programs, afterschool food programs, and the WIC program.

Prior to the passage of the legislation Senator Lugar penned an op-ed in the New York Times urging the Senate to immediately take up the bi-partisan legislation for what would be a “success for both parties to claim”. The bill increases re-imbursements for school meals, improves nutritional standards, and will provide for afterschool meals for low income children in Indiana.

In 2007 and 2008 Senator Lugar was the principal sponsor of legislation to modernize federal farm support programs, improve land conservation efforts, and dramatically increase the government’s response to food insecurity both domestically and internationally.

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