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Nearly one out of every six Pennsylvanians is at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal is coming from. Now the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and the Pennsylvania Legislative Services (PLS) are joining in the fight to combat hunger in the Commonwealth by sponsoring the first ever Capitol All-Stars Softball Game. The game will be held on Monday, September 30th at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg.
This charity softball game will feature more than 50 state legislators from both sides of the aisle, coming together as East and West teams to benefit Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania. Both organizations are dedicated to relieving hunger for the more than two million Pennsylvanians in need through their statewide network of affiliated food banks, food pantries, and other hunger relief organizations.
Among the more than 50 members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly giving of their time to participate in this game are: Pennsylvania Legislative Hunger Caucus co-chairs, Senator Mike Brubaker and Representative Jake Wheatley; honorary team captains for the West, Speaker of the House Sam Smith and Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa; and honorary team captains for the East, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi.
The fun-filled, seven-inning softball game will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Metro Bank Park on City Island in Harrisburg. The suggested price of general admission will be a $5 donation or a donation of five non-perishable food items. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the game. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold at the game for a chance to win numerous items donated by organizations such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Raffle winners must be present to win.
For those who are unable to join in person, there are still ways that you can catch the action and be a part of the Capitol All-Stars experience. That evening, the game will be aired live on PCN. In addition, donations in support of the cause can be made online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/PAAllStars.
September is Hunger Action Month, when food banks across the nation unite to urge individuals to take action to fight hunger in their communities. In celebration of Hunger Action Month, all proceeds from the Capitol All-Stars Softball Game will benefit Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania in an effort help those Pennsylvanians in need. According to statistics released in June by Feeding America, based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 1.9 million Pennsylvanians struggled with food insecurity in 2011. This includes nearly 560,000 children – 1 in 5 – living in Pennsylvania.
About Feeding PennsylvaniaFeeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of nine Feeding America-affiliated food banks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The mission of Feeding Pennsylvania is to promote and aid our member food banks in securing food and other resources to reduce hunger and food insecurity in their communities and across Pennsylvania and to provide a shared voice on the issues of hunger and food access within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information about Feeding Pennsylvania, please visit www.feedingpa.org, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingPennsylvania, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingPA.
About Hunger-Free PennsylvaniaHunger-Free Pennsylvania comprises a network of food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, charities and other hunger relief organizations working together to end hunger in Pennsylvania. The network has 21 members serving all 67 counties. Learn more about Hunger-Free Pennsylvania online at http://www.hungerfreepa.org or via Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/HungerFreePA.