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Bay Area Food Bank employees PJ Cowan, Mae Nash and Dave Reaney have been chosen to serve on Lt. Governor Ivey’s Alabama Child Hunger Task Force. The task force is comprised of leaders and experts from institutions, corporations, and state and federal government all working together to address child hunger in Alabama.
The goal of the task force is to greatly reduce food insecurity and health complications associated with hunger among Alabama’s children. Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University has been chosen to lead the initiative and Lt. Governor Ivey will serve as spokesperson. The task force will work with communities, families and children to increase access to nutritious food, promote healthy lifestyle and reduce child hunger in Alabama.
As a result of Bay Area Food Bank’s success with child nutrition programs, the food bank will be a principal organization the task force looks to for guidance and solutions. The food bank is especially proud of Mae Nash and PJ Cowan for being chosen to serve alongside such esteemed state leaders.
Mae Nash came to the food bank in 2011 as a Child Hunger Corps member. The Child Hunger Corps is a national service program designed to increase the capacity and capability of food banks to execute programs targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger. The objective of the program is to increase the number of nutritious snacks and meals served to children in need in local communities across the country. Mae was recently honored as the food bank’s Summer 2012 Hunger Hero for her many accomplishments on the Child Nutrition Team.
PJ Cowan started at the food bank as an AmeriCorps VISTA on the SNAP Outreach Team in 2011. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty, illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, and strengthen community groups. Due to his exceptional dedication and commitment to the fight against hunger, PJ was hired as a SNAP Outreach Coordinator at the end of his AmeriCorps VISTA service term and now heads up Government Relations for the food bank as well.
Other members of the task force include: Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Alabama State Department of Schools; Jeremy Arthur, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama; John McMillan, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries; and Nancy Buckner, Commissioner of Alabama Department of Human Resources.
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