For Immediate Release
Volunteers Break Ground on Capitol Hunger Garden's Third Season
HARRISBURG Volunteers broke ground for the third season of the Capitol Hunger Garden on Thursday, according to Senator Mike Brubaker (R-36).
The Capitol Hunger Garden, located on a 1,000-square-foot strip of land adjacent to the State Capitol, helps raise awareness of hunger issues while supplying local food banks and soup kitchens with fresh produce. Since its creation in 2010, the Capitol Hunger Garden has been staffed by volunteers and supported entirely by donations from businesses, organizations and individuals.
On Thursday, volunteers from the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners program, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of General Services, Hunger-Free PA and Senator Brubaker's office planted cabbage, potatoes, summer squash, romaine lettuce, cucumbers and other vegetables for the 2012 growing season.
"The Hunger Garden has served as a tremendous tool to educate the public about hunger issues, and I am thankful that so many groups have answered the call to help during this year's growing season," said Brubaker, who serves as Co-Chairman of the Hunger Caucus in the General Assembly. "Sponsors and volunteers have made the first two years of this project a tremendous success, and I look forward to another year of helping local families in need and raising awareness of the impact of hunger on every community in the state."
More information on the Capitol Hunger Garden is available on the Hunger Caucus website at www.senatorbrubaker.com/hunger.