Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Hunger is an issue of grave concern in the United States and the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Statewide, the child food insecurity rate is 18 percent, compared to just over 11 percent for the whole population, which means more than 260,000 children in Massachusetts face hunger on a regular basis; and

Whereas As many as 801, 200 individuals in Massachusetts rely on food provided by various food banks throughout the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Massachusetts food banks distributed more than 52.7 million pounds of food (enough for 40.5 million meals) in 2011 through their networks of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other community organizations; and

Whereas Food banks across the country will host numerous events throughout the month of September to bring attention to and encourage involvement in efforts to end hunger in their local community; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts need,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2012 to be,

HUNGER ACTION MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of August, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts