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Pingree Secures $1 Million for Preble Street Food Security Hub

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Preble Street Food Security Hub

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $1 million in Community Project Funding to address hunger in Southern Maine. Secured as one of 15 projects submitted by Pingree in the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill, Preble Street will use the federal funding to support its Food Security Hub in South Portland, helping those facing hunger and homelessness. This Food…

Ahead of Hunger Conference, Pingree Urges White House to Advance ‘Food is Medicine’ Proposals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is urging the Biden Administration to incorporate “food is medicine” proposals into the White House’s platform for the upcoming Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Pingree, along with Reps. Kim Schrier and Derek Kilmer, detailed the important role that Food is Medicine interventions play in…

Mainers to Pingree: I’ve Feared Where My Next Meal Will Come From

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today shared the results of her constituent survey on hunger in preparation for the White House’s Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health this fall. Of 690 survey respondents, 41% said they have worried about where their next meal will come from. Following a push from Pingree, the Biden White House announced it will convene the first…

SCHOOL MEALS: Rep. Pingree’s Bipartisan Bills to Source School Meals Locally, Reduce School Food Waste Advance Through House Education and Labor Committee

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Today the House Education and Labor Committee advanced H.R. 8450, the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, which includes four major bills supported by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). The bills championed by Pingree and included in the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act include: Kids Eat Local Act - Bipartisan legislation introduced by…

Chair Chellie Pingree Votes to Pass FY2023 House Appropriations Legislation to Help Families, Invest in Climate, and Support Maine Tribes

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Today, Rep. Chellie Pingree voted to pass H.R. 8294, a package of six government funding bills which will help families and communities across America, including the Interior and Environment bill she authored. The transformative investments in the bill will lower the cost of living, create good-paying American jobs, lift up working families, meet the needs of…

Ahead of June 30 Deadline, Pingree Joins Bipartisan Effort Pushing House Leadership to Extend USDA Child Nutrition Waiver Authority, Keep Maine Students Fed at School

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has joined a bipartisan effort, led by U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), pushing House leadership in both parties to act with urgency to extend the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) ability to give U.S. schools the flexibilities they need to make sure America’s students are fed. In a letter sent…

During Small Business Week, Pingree Recognizes Maine 1st District SBA Award Winners

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As Maine and the country celebrate National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is recognizing First District Small Business Association (SBA) 2022 Small Business Award winners for their hard work and contributions to their communities. Six small business owners in Pingree’s district are being honored this year, including Tyler Frank of Portland, who was named…

Rep. Pingree Applauds Biden for Announcing Plan to Hold 1st White House Food Conference in 50+ Years, Following Passage of Congressional Funding to Reestablish Summit

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today welcomed the news that President Biden will hold a White House conference on hunger, nutrition, and health this September, following repeated calls from dozens of Democratic and Republican Representatives. Pingree, who also serves on the House Appropriations Committee, championed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus spending bill…

With Mainers Turning to Food Banks, Pingree Backs Bill to Incentivize Donations

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Shontel M. Brown (D-Ohio), Fred Keller (R-Pa.) and Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) introduced the Further Incentivizing Nutritious Donations of Food Act or FIND Food Act. The bipartisan bill would expand existing and create new tax deductions and credits to better incentive farmers and suppliers to donate food. Rising food prices have…

With Waivers Set to Expire, Pingree Redoubles Efforts to Protect Reliable Access to School Meals

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With child nutrition waivers set to soon expire, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is doubling down on her efforts to protect reliable access to school meals as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact Maine schools, families, and communities. Since the early days of the pandemic, Pingree has fought to extend these waivers to mitigate hunger as food insecurity rates…

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