Office Locations 
Capitol Office
53B East Wing
PO Box 202051
Harrisburg PA 17120-2051
Phone: (717) 783-5173
FAX: (717) 782-2963
                    
District Offices:
Fayette Chamber of Commerce Building
65 West Main Street, Suite 200
Uniontown, PA 15401
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: 724-438-6100
Fax: 724-438-6104

Meyersdale Community Center
215 Main Street, Meyersdale, PA 15552 
Open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 814-634-4390

Confluence Community Center
711 Logan Place, Confluence, PA 15424 
Open the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 814-634-4390 

Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center
15 Sherman Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Open the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Telephone: 814-634-4390
 
Hunger Garden
Cooperative Hunger Garden Coming May 24th 

 

 
In an effort to combat the issue of hunger in the region, I have joined several area organizations in creating a Hunger Garden in the city of Uniontown. An official ribbon-cutting and ceremonial planting will take place Thursday, May 24, from 4:30-7 p.m.

This is a free, public event.

Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities, people struggle with hunger in every county and legislative district in Pennsylvania. They could be our neighbors, kids in our children's classes – the possibilities go on.

In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.7 million people are struggling with hunger, and of them, 482,130 are children. That means one in every eight people struggle with hunger. Perhaps more strikingly, that is one in every six children are hungry. Right here in Fayette County, 20,650 individuals qualified as food insecure. In 2017, that is 15.3 percent of our population according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2017: Overall Food Insecurities in Pennsylvania by County.

I have partnered with the Redstone Foundation, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Community Action Agency, the Master Gardeners at the Penn State Extension and other community organizations to bring attention to the hunger issue in Fayette County by building a Hunger Garden. This includes renovation of planters on the corners of Main Street and South Arch Street and West South Street and South Arch Street in Uniontown. These renovated planters are designed and to be built by Life Scout Jonathan Buckel of Saint Mary’s Troop 620, who is working to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me make the project possible,” said Buckel. “Without a doubt, this will help Uniontown very much by providing food for the local food bank.”

Muriel Nuttall, executive director and secretary of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Redstone Foundation, said this event is a collaboration of many fine agencies and persons.

“The Chamber of Commerce and the Redstone Foundation are very excited to partner with this new initiative of bringing awareness to support our local food banks,” said Nuttall. “This Hunger Garden will allow us to physically see the reminders that others are without the basic food necessities we might take for granted. We appreciate Jonathan for leading the efforts in this important endeavor.”

The Fayette County Food Bank, operated by Fayette Community Action Agency, is one of the community partners that will benefit from of the harvest and subsequent activities. Executive Director Jim Stark said this is truly a community effort.

“The Hunger Garden calls attention to the fact that many families in our county do not routinely have access to enough food for a healthy and active life,” said Stark. “We very much appreciate the leadership of Jonathan Buckel and the support of the Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Dowling, the Redstone Foundation and the Penn State Extension for their help. The Hunger Garden will not only provide food for lower income families through the food bank network, but will be a constant reminder that families and children in our community need our help.”

Area businesses and organizations are being asked to consider organizing a food drive collection or creative way to help support the local food banks. Donations from the food collections can be dropped off at the event.

Those interested in information regarding the Hunger Garden should contact Amanda Cuteri at my district office at 724-438-6100 or email at acuteri@pahousegop.com.