Senate adopts MacGregor resolution establishing Michigan Hunger Solutions Day

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. – The state Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution declaring Oct. 21, 2015 as Michigan Hunger Solutions Day.

“Too many Michiganders struggle with hunger, and one-fifth of children in our state do not receive healthy, nutritious food consistently,” said sponsor Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Michigan Hunger Solutions Day brings attention to these glaring statistics and recognizes efforts in all 83 counties to decrease instances of hunger and promote abundant, healthy food options for individuals, families and communities throughout Michigan.”

Senate Resolution 97 highlights the Food Bank Council of Michigan for its mission to create a food-secure state through advocacy, resource management, and collaboration through Michigan’s unified food bank network.

The network of food banks distributes food and resources to food pantries, after-school programs and senior centers. It also organizes surplus donations from Michigan farmers to help make fresh, nutritious produce more readily available in the emergency food system. In addition, the council coordinates the Michigan Harvest Gathering food and fund drive, which has secured more than 54 million meals since 1991.

“It is terrible that in 2015 Michiganders are fighting hunger on a daily basis,” said MacGregor. “We should all be committed to ending this problem and work to increase access to nutritious food through the many great programs and food distribution services available in our state.”

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MacGregor to chair new Senate Oversight Committee

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof on Thursday appointed Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, chairman of the Senate’s newly formed Oversight Committee.

“I have the highest regard for Senator MacGregor as a legislator and a colleague,” said Meekhof, R-West Olive. “I am confident he will use this new chairmanship as an opportunity to ensure accountability for our taxpayers.”

The Oversight Committee was formed Thursday upon the adoption of Senate Resolution 91. Meekhof said the committee will initially be charged with investigating Planned Parenthood’s Michigan operation.

“I thank Majority Leader Meekhof for entrusting me with chairing the Senate Oversight Committee,” MacGregor said. “I take this charge very seriously and will do my best as chairman to fulfill the committee’s obligations as we strive to make state government more open, transparent and accountable to the residents of Michigan.”

In addition to MacGregor, members of the committee include Majority Vice Chair Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland; and Minority Vice Chair Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield.

The committee’s meeting location and time will be determined at a later date.

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