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October 5, 2019
Reducing Food Waste, and Fighting Hunger
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit and tour the Mountaineer Food Bank. While there, I was told that their number one issue is transporting donated food. The funds from these grants can help to not only feed those in need but also prevent food from being wasted. When I was in the West Virginia State Legislature, we created a similar initiative, and the results were incredible.

The Food Recovery Transportation Act, H.R. 4541 would establish a grant program to provide organizations involved in food recovery with funds for the transportation of donated food. In 2017, 40 million people struggled with hunger in the United States, yet Americas waste about 1.3 billion tons of food each year.

The funds from these grants would be used to purchase or lease vehicles to carry donated food, and to help reimburse volunteers for travel costs related to picking up and delivery of donated foods.  To read the full text of the bill click here.

Reauthorizing the Wheeling National Heritage Area

Wheeling Heritage has brought significant economic opportunity to our city by harnessing the historic character of downtown. Authorizing the extension of the WNHA will ensure future generations can appreciate the unique history of Wheeling. The National Heritage Area designation has helped to enhance Wheeling’s economic future and provides funds for revitalization efforts through preservation.

Wheeling in August celebrated its 250th anniversary, and due in part to its designation as a National Heritage Area has been able to maintain many of its original buildings. To read the full text of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4377 click here.

WVU Research Corporation awarded contract to provide support services to Katherine Johnson IV&V facility
NASA’s IV&V program is vitally important to its overall mission and will play a major role in making the Moon to Mars project successful. We appreciate NASA’s commitment to the North Central West Virginia region. Their partnership with West Virginia University is mutually beneficial, and we look forward to strengthening that relationship in the years to come.

To read more click here.

Water Research Institute Awarded $5M for Project
From your cell phone to weapons systems, rare earth elements are increasingly important in manufacturing. Currently, China controls the vast majority of the rare earth element supply, which puts the United States at risk. WVU’s work to develop a domestic source is critical and this funding will go a long way in helping them continue their research. The research being done by WVU will help to build an American supply chain and ensure that we are not dependent on other nations for our supply.

To read more click here

In The News This Week

WVU Research Corporation awarded contract to provide support services to Katherine Johnson IV&V facility – WV News

Editorial: Storage Hub: Legislation should be a priority-Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU awarded $5 million to continue rare earth project, build acid mine drainage treatment facility- WVU Today

NCWV students express interest in enlisting, attending military service academies during Academy Day-WV News


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