Sending Office: Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
Support our Food Banks
*Deadline Today: Friday, July 28, 2017*
Current Cosponsors: Don Young, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Brady, Ted W. Lieu, Tim Ryan, Debbie Dingell, Anna G. Eshoo, James P. McGovern, Filemon Vela, Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan, Bobby L. Rush, Jerrold Nadler, Sander M. Levin, and Marcy Kaptur
I invite you to join the effort to support our nation’s food banks by sending a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to use his administrative authorities to distribute
existing funding to purchase The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) commodities in FY2017.
The crisis of hunger continues to be a serious problem plaguing this country. The number of families struggling to make ends meet has increased significantly over the last few years. Forty-six million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million
seniors, are now receiving emergency food assistance each year through the nation’s food banks.
Even though the need continues to increase, food banks are facing the prospect of bare shelves. Through TEFAP, USDA provides food banks with healthy, nutritious, American-grown food commodities. USDA must provide food through TEFAP, so our nation’s food banks
can meet the demands for food. By directing existing funds, the Secretary can provide both needed food to the nation’s food banks and additional support to America’s farmers and producers.
To sign this letter or for more information, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org in Rep. Fudge’s
office. The deadline to sign this letter is Today July 28, 2017.
Marcia L. Fudge
Member of Congress
July 27, 2017
The Honorable Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Dear Secretary Perdue:
We write this letter to urge you to use your administrative authorities to ensure the USDA is utilizing all possible resources to help producers and charitable food assistance organizations by ensuring a steady stream of The Emergency Food Assistance Program
(TEFAP) commodities to our nation’s food banks. Specifically, we encourage you to utilize existing Section 32 funds proactively on bonus commodity and specialty crop purchases for distribution through TEFAP. Food banks across the country are depending on
USDA to continue this commitment.
Millions of people continue to struggle with food insecurity due to underemployment or seasonal work, reduced wages and hours, or a decrease in wage earners in the family. According to the Hunger in America 2014 report released by Feeding America, 46 million
Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, are now receiving food assistance each year through the nation’s food banks.
Unfortunately for food banks, USDA bonus commodities purchases are on track to decline this year. In FY2016, USDA made $297.4 million in bonus commodity purchases that were distributed through TEFAP to hungry Americans. So far in FY2017, only $127.1 million
in bonus commodity purchases have been made. If no additional purchases are made, this would amount to a 43% drop in purchases in FY2017. We believe there are significant opportunities to increase commodity purchases for distribution to struggling families
given the $210.25 million remaining in Section 32 funds and available agriculture surpluses on the market. Food banks are struggling to meet high demand, sometimes unable to fill order requests from local agencies. These shortfalls could be addressed by
the USDA through additional TEFAP commodity purchases and maximizing market surplus opportunities.
TEFAP commodities are critical to emergency food providers. Our nation’s food banks are stretched thin meeting sustained high need in their communities. According to Feeding America, TEFAP commodities provided over 600 million meals last year through their
network of more than 200 nationwide food banks. Without additional TEFAP commodities, food banks will be hard-pressed to continue providing current levels of food assistance to those in need. Once again we encourage you to utilize your existing funds and
authority to fulfill TEFAP commodity purchases.
We appreciate your attention to this request and look forward to hearing from you regarding this issue.
Marcia L. Fudge
Member of Congress
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