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SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

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McConnell Cosponsors Bill to Help Reduce Child Hunger

Legislation would help children in rural areas by making existing nutrition programs more flexible and effective

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Senator John Boozman (R-AR) in introducing The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act to inject additional flexibility and choice into existing federal child nutrition programs, which would allow states to better ensure that children in rural areas are not treated unfairly when school is out of session.    

“Washington’s inflexible, one-size fits all approach is failing vulnerable children in rural states like Kentucky. During the summer months — when busses may not be operating and parents may not have the means to transport students long distances — children in rural areas can face significant hurdles accessing the same school meals that children in more urban areas might not. The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act would help end this unfair situation by providing states with the flexibility they need to implement summer meal delivery programs that better serve children in hard-to-reach areas.” Senator McConnell said. “This bill would deliver greater fairness to Kentucky’s most vulnerable children by making existing school meal programs more effective, more accountable, and more flexible.”

The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act would authorize the Department of Agriculture to establish two alternative options for program delivery for summer meals:

  • Authorize summer meal providers to deliver to eligible children in rural and hard to reach communities, allowing for meal distribution flexibility if a delivery site is unexpectedly closed due to inclement weather or other conditions.
  • Provide eligible households with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card each month over summer break with a value of $30 per child, allowing families to purchase nutritious food items from retail food stores approved for participation.

Tamara Sandberg, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks said her organization enthusiastically supports the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act. “We are grateful for Senator McConnell’s leadership on this issue. The bill would help Kentucky food banks and our partners overcome some of the barriers we face when trying to serve children in the summer months when school meals are unavailable.  We believe this greater flexibility in how we reach kids in the summer could help us close the summer hunger gap in our state: only one in 13 low-income children in Kentucky who needs summer meals is receiving them.”

Brian Riendeau, the executive director of Dare to Care Food Bank, applauded Senator McConnell for his leadership on this very important issue, “In our area only 15 percent of children eligible for summer nutrition programs are able to access them. Senator McConnell’s proposal gives Dare to Care and our partners new and critical flexibility to develop creative ways to reach these kids.”

Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger organization, thanked Senator McConnell for supporting this bill, saying, “When our children get the food they need during the summer, it affects everything from their brain development to their graduation rates to their overall health. And when we have stronger children, we have a stronger, more competitive America.”

SOURCE:  Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

McConnell Comments on Passage ofARENA Act from Senate EPW Committee

“We will not sit back while this administration seeks to destroy our nation’s energy economy and the struggling workers and families that depend on it.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed Sen. Capito’s ARENA Act that would combat the EPA’s deeply regressive climate regulations:

“I commend the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman Inhofe for moving to combat the Obama Administration’s deeply regressive climate regulations by passing Sen. Capito’s ARENA Act that would prohibit these rules from moving forward until the courts have ruled on their legality. Like Kentucky, Sen. Capito’s state of West Virginia is on the front lines in the administration’s war on coal, and her bill would go a long way towards rolling back the EPA’s punishing climate rules.

“Earlier this year, I wrote to governors suggesting they fight back against these likely illegal regulations to avoid subjecting their citizens to such unnecessary hardship. As these regulations are published and wind their way through the courts, Congress will have opportunities to pursue additional avenues, such as CRA resolutions and appropriations riders. We will not sit back while this administration seeks to destroy our nation’s energy economy and the struggling workers and families who depend on it.”

General Officer Assignments

The chief of staff, Air Force announced the following assignments:

Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia, to commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

Maj. Gen. James C. Johnson, commander, Air Force Recruiting Service, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

PHOTO(s) OF THE DAY

SOURCE:  Department of Defense /Defense News Lead Photo

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, apply camouflage paint before conducting a helicopter raid, as part of the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE), aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 4, 2015. The MCCRE is used evaluate the operational readiness of a designated unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/RELEASED)

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, apply camouflage paint before conducting a helicopter raid, as part of the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE), aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 4, 2015. The MCCRE is used evaluate the operational readiness of a designated unit. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/RELEASED)

U.S. Army Sgt. David Pileggi, a Soldier with P Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, paddles across a lake Aug. 6, 2015, at the Nowa Deba Training Area in Poland. The Soldiers are completing a water obstacle course created by Polish soldiers from the 6th Airborne Brigade. The training is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing multinational partnership focused on combined training and security cooperation between NATO allies. Led by the mission command element of the 4th Infantry Division and in conjunction with European partner nations, Atlantic Resolve is intended to improve combined operational capability in a range of missions and ensure the continued peace and stability of Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marcus Floyd, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. David Pileggi, a Soldier with P Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, paddles across a lake Aug. 6, 2015, at the Nowa Deba Training Area in Poland. The Soldiers are completing a water obstacle course created by Polish soldiers from the 6th Airborne Brigade. The training is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing multinational partnership focused on combined training and security cooperation between NATO allies. Led by the mission command element of the 4th Infantry Division and in conjunction with European partner nations, Atlantic Resolve is intended to improve combined operational capability in a range of missions and ensure the continued peace and stability of Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marcus Floyd, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work speaks with Army Special Forces members  as they display some of their equipment at the Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. Work was in attendance to observe a live fire training exercise. (Photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)(Released)

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work speaks with Army Special Forces members as they display some of their equipment at the Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. Work was in attendance to observe a live fire training exercise. (Photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)(Released)

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Lt. Gov. Luallen Honors Exemplary Volunteers – 20th Annual Governor’s Service Awards 

Service from 2014 recognized during ceremony at Governor’s Mansion 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2014) – Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen honored 14 groups and individuals from across the Commonwealth for their volunteer and service contributions today at a ceremony in Frankfort.

Lt. Gov. Luallen and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes presented the Governor’s Service Awards at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards honored service completed in 2014.

The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), a division within CHFS, coordinates the annual awards program. The Governor’s Office launched the volunteer awards program in 1975. Since 1995, the KCCVS has administered the program.

Lt. Gov. Luallen said the event was a chance to honor the state’s volunteers and national service members for their efforts and the positive changes they have made.

“Volunteer service is the greatest gift you can give to your community, and we are here today to recognize that,” she said. “Your service has met critical, immediate needs and has paved a path for a

The Fuller Center for Housing, Steve Marrillia Faith-Based Group Award — with Secretary Audrey Haynes, Steve T. Marrillia and Lt. Governor Crit Luallen at Kentucky Governor's Mansion.  Photo Courtesy:  Photos by Sam DeLong

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Faith-Based Group Award — with Secretary Audrey Haynes, Steve T. Marrillia and Lt. Governor Crit Luallen at Kentucky Governor’s Mansion. Photo Courtesy: Photos by Sam DeLong

better future for thousands of Kentuckians.”

Secretary Haynes also congratulated the honorees and said the event gave focus to a group that doesn’t seek out attention for their service.

“We know that you don’t volunteer for praise or acknowledgment, but your service has earned it,” she said. “Your achievements inspire the rest of us to make a difference and widen our own circles of impact through volunteering. Thank you for your time, energy and efforts.”

A panel of independent judges with experience in volunteerism and/or service chose award recipients in 14 categories.

KCCVS Executive Director Joe Bringardner said the judges’ task of selecting the honorees from several exemplary nominees is difficult.

“These recipients represent all of those who serve across the state – and across the world — to help children overcome bullying, to build and repair homes for families, and to stop crippling illnesses in places that don’t have access to the medical advantages that we do,” he said. “Whether it is through a national service group like AmeriCorps, a local charity or a self-started cause, every volunteer effort makes an impact.”

For the fifth year, a special First Lady’s Award honored a Kentuckian who has gone the extra mile to mentor youth to develop a strong foundation and prevent future dropouts, an effort that complements First Lady Jane Beshear’s Graduate Kentucky initiative.

Virginia Braswell, full-time volunteer executive director of the Owensboro Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A list of award winners and their nominators follows.

2015 Governor’s Service Award Recipients
  • John Salyers, Kentucky Ambassador Award, Independence/Kenton County. Nominated by Adam Howard
  • Melissa Phelps, Challenge Award, Warsaw/Gallatin County. Nominated by Kristen Edwards
  • The Fuller Center, Faith-Based Group Award, Louisville/Jefferson County. Nominated by Donald Keller
  • Lesley Nord, First Lady’s Award, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County. Nominated by Jennifer Cave
  • Rotary Club of Cadiz, Group Volunteer Service Award, Cadiz/Trigg County. Nominated by Brenda Southwick
  • Virginia Braswell, Lifetime Achievement Award, Owensboro/Daviess County. Nominated by David Clark
  • Kentucky College Coaches, National Service Group Award, Statewide. Nominated by Kristen Hedgebeth
  • Wanda Hipps, National Service Individual Award, Owensboro/Daviess County. Nominated by A. Raven McCrady
  • Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky, Nonprofit Organization Award, Covington/Kenton County. Nominated by Sister Cathy Bauer
  • Adrian Wallace, Veteran Volunteer Service Award, Lexington/Fayette County. Nominated by Jennifer Wallace
  • Susan Guess, Volunteer Service Award, Paducah/McCracken County. Nominated by Maurie McGarvey
  • Catherine Mitchell, Volunteer Coordinator Award, Lexington/Fayette County. Nominated by Jessica Proskin
  • Hailey Simpson, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Goshen/Oldham County. Nominated by Leah Simpson
  • Hannah Irvine, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Ashland/Boyd County. Nominated by Bill Burch
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More than 100 professionals attended year’s event in Northern Virginia. Photo Courtesy: Blacknews.com

SOURCE:  Blacknews.com

MICROSOFT AND HBCU CONNECT TARGET BLACK TECH PROFESSIONALS IN THE WASHINGTON DC AREA FOR VIP EVENT ON SEPT 17TH

Washington, DC — In partnership with Microsofts IT and Information Security & Risk Management Business, HBCU Connect is offering black technical professionals the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one on one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead to future employment.

HBCU Connect has executed on events for Microsofts recruitment efforts in the past, hosting a similar event last year for the Cloud & Enterprise group, also at the National Society of Black Engineers conference, and recently at a private VIP event for Black HR professionals in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. The event for technical professionals on September 17th will target software engineers, service/network engineers, Program Managers and experienced IT/Security professionals in the DMV region. The decision to host the event in the D.C. area was based largely on the success of HBCU Connects most recent event with Microsoft in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as a large population of black technical professionals in HBCU Connects own member database.

We expect to see 50 to 65 professionals in attendance that will be looking to land interviews with Microsoft leadership, as well as learn more about what life at Microsoft is like as an African-American said Will Moss, CEO of HBCUConnect.com. In each of our events we set up time for Microsoft employees to give a brief presentation about interesting work they are involved in, as well as a day in the life from an African-American perspective, working for Microsoft, such that attendees can relate.

This will be a great opportunity for African-Americans working in software, networking, or IT to make new connections, expand their network, and explore new career opportunities.

The event will be held on September 17th from 5pm to 8pm and will be RSVP only. Once attendance is confirmed, exact location will be shared as well as details on parking and an agenda for the evening.

For more information, details, and how to register, please visit www.hbcuconnect.com/microsoft/dc.cgi?src=bn

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