MHA Participates in Hunger Solutions Day
Posted on March 20, 2019
The MHA joined the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM), state legislators and community members March 20 for a news conference in the Michigan State Capitol in conjunction with the Michigan Senate’s approval of Senate Resolution 0028 to commemorate March 20, 2019, as Hunger Solutions Day.
Introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford), the resolution acknowledges the important role the FBCM plays in fighting food insecurity and encourages collaborative and innovative strategies that bring food security to families, individuals and communities across Michigan.
Chris Mitchell, executive vice president, advocacy and public affairs, MHA, spoke to the importance of access to affordable, nutritious food for the health of Michigan residents. A healthy diet is one of the top factors that impact the health of a person and a community.
Joining Mitchell as speakers were Joe Wald, executive director, Greater Lansing Food Bank; Rep. Angela Witwer (D-Delta Township); and Gerry Brisson, president, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit.
The MHA has partnered with the FBCM to support the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a statewide effort to collect food and funds for the FBCM that began in 1991. The MHA and member hospitals have contributed approximately $2.9 million and about 3.5 million pounds of food during their 20 years of participation with the campaign.
For more information on Hunger Solutions Day, contact the FBCM.
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