National organization will partner with the Governor and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to help end childhood hunger in Montana
Helena, MT (February 15, 2012) – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will join the nation’s leading child anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength®, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and leaders from across the state to hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 21 to launch Montana No Kid Hungry. The press conference will start at 2:00 p.m. and will be held at Rocky Mountain Development Council on Last Chance Gulch in Helena.
More than 48,000 children (21.8%) in Montana are at risk of hunger. Studies show that children who face hunger can have trouble focusing, complain often of headaches, stomachaches and other ailments, have slower memory recall, and face long-term health and productivity problems into adulthood.
Montana No Kid Hungry is a public-private partnership that aims to end childhood hunger in Montana by building on proven strategies that increase the number of Montana children who eat healthy meals offered through afterschool and supplemental nutrition assistance programs.
WHAT: Press conference to launch Montana No Kid Hungry
WHO: Governor Brian Schweitzer; Share Our Strength President Tom Nelson; Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Anna Whiting Sorrell; Livingston Food Pantry Director Michael McCormick; Founder of the BackPack Meals and Teen Pantries Program of Billings, Virginia Lee Mermel, PhD, CNS; Drum performance by Jay DustyBull
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Development Council
(In the upstairs dining hall)
200 South Cruse, Helena
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. MT.