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First Ever Capitol All-Stars Charity Softball Game at Metro Bank Park on September 30th

Proceeds Will Benefit Hungry Pennsylvanians

Nearly one out of every six Pennsylvanians is at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal is coming from. Now PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network) and the Pennsylvania Legislative Services (PLS) are joining in the fight to combat hunger in our state 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. The partnership event was formally announced during a press conference at the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, June 19.

The September charity game will feature state legislators from both sides of the aisle, despite geographic boundaries, 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.

The June 19 press conference served as the official announcement of the upcoming benefit event, with state legislative leadership named the honorary captains of game while unveiling the team captain shirts.

Those in attendance included legislative participants in the game. Among them: Hunger Caucus co-chairs, Senator Mike Brubaker and Representative Jake Wheatley; honorary team captains for the West, Senator Jay Costa and Speaker of the House Sam Smith as well as for the East, Senator Dominic Pileggi and Representative Frank Dermody.

Others in attendance included top state and business leaders, representatives from the Harrisburg Senators and BWP Bats, and representatives from Pennsylvania’s food banks.

The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Metro Bank Park on City Island in Harrisburg. General admission will be a five-dollar ticket donation or a donation of five non-perishable food items.  In celebration of Hunger Action Month, proceeds will benefit Feeding Pennsylvania and Hunger-Free Pennsylvania in an effort help those Pennsylvanians in need. According to statistics released last week 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.

About Feeding Pennsylvania

Feeding 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 Pennsylvania

Hunger-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 at http://www.facebook.com/HungerFreePA.

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