Pennsylvania legislators bowl to raise money for food banks
By Sari Heidenreich
The Patriot News
Rep. John Myers, D-Philadelphia, said he would have gone on strike to raise awareness of Pennsylvania’s 1.2 million hungry citizens. But when he realized the “Strike for Hunger” was a bowling fundraiser for food banks, he — and about 80 other legislators — participated anyways.
At the two-hour event today, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of Pennsylvania encouraged legislators to bowl a single ball down a temporary lane set up in the Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda. Through the event, the association donated $2,500 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and $500 each to Philabundance and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Central PA Food Bank Executive Director Kendall Hanna said the gift will enable food banks to serve more people. Food banks reported a 30 percent increase in demand in rural areas and 50 percent in urban areas in the past couple of years.
Chairman of the Legislative Hunger Caucus, Sen. Mike Brubaker, R-Lancaster County, encouraged Pennsylvanians to donate to food banks and said he believes hunger is something that is “absolutely” beatable.