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Kentuckian Appointed to Serve on National Commission on Hunger

mitch mcConnell 300WASHINGTON (4/11/14) — U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday that he has appointed Spencer A. Coates of Bowling Green, Kentucky, to serve on the National Commission on Hunger.

This new commission is made up of 10 individuals selected by members of Congressional leadership. Senator McConnell, as Senate Republican Leader, was able to appoint two members to serve.  

The National Commission on Hunger will make recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture on how to modernize and improve the federal government food assistance programs, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program .

Sen. McConnell appointed Bowling Green native, Spencer A. Coates for the position.

Spencer Coates is currently President of Houchens Industries, Inc., a diversified employee-owned company with roots in retail grocery and convenience stores headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Houchens, founded in 1917, employs 18,000 individuals and owns retail grocery stores and a number of other companies that do business in all 50 states.

“Spencer is a great fit for this new commission,” Senator McConnell said.  “He has front-line experience dealing with how and where people use food assistance programs and I fully expect that he will be able to offer insightful recommendations as to how these programs can be modernized and improved.”

“I appreciate Senate McConnell’s confidence in selecting me to serve on the Commission.  The food assistance program is important for families and children continuing on the path to economic recovery in Kentucky and nationwide. I look forward to developing ideas to modernize these programs and provide stewardship over these public funds to ensure a sustainable program that better serves those families and children in need,” Spencer Coates said.

Coates also serves on Board of Directors of the National Grocers’ Association. He lives in Bowling Green with his wife, Carolyn. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

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