WHEREAS, hunger and poverty are issues of grave concern in the United States and the State of Indiana; and
WHEREAS, the State of Indiana is committed to taking steps to raise awareness about the need to combat hunger in every part of our state and to provide additional resources that citizens of Indiana need; and
WHEREAS, the State of Indiana is committed to working with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and its member food banks in educating people about the role and importance of food banks in addressing hunger and raising awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to hunger issues; and
WHEREAS, nearly 700,000 Hoosiers rely on food provided by the member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry annually, nearly half of them children and seniors; and
WHEREAS, the member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry distributed nearly sixty million pounds of food in 2010 through a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community organizations; and
WHEREAS, food banks across the country, including the eleven members of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, will host numerous events throughout the month of September to bring awareness and attention to encourage involvement in efforts to end hunger in their local communities;
NOW, THERFORE, I, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Governor of the State of Indiana, do hereby proclaim September 4-10, 2011 as
HUNGER ACTION WEEK
in the State of Indiana, and invite all citizens to duly note this occasion.
In testimony whereof, I hereto set my hand and cause to be affixed the Great Seal of State. Done at the City of Indianapolis, this 29th day of August in the year of our Lord 2011 and of the Independence of the United States 236.
By the Governor, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.