Sending Office: Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
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Support America’s Food Banks

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Dear Colleague:

We ask you join us in support of our nation’s food pantries and urge the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture to provide the funding levels mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill in Fiscal Year 2019.

The crisis of hunger continues to be a serious problem plaguing this country.   According to Feeding America’s study, “Hunger in America 2014,” more than 46.5 million people – one in seven Americans – received emergency food assistance through
the nation’s food banks.

We are requesting the Subcommittee include full funding of $350 million for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) commodity purchases.  In addition, we request the full authorized level of $100 million for TEFAP Storage and Distribution funding to
help food banks and emergency feeding agencies with the rising costs of storing, transporting, and distributing foods to the needy. 

We continue to see a record need, and therefore it is important Congress plays it part to keep food on the shelves of local pantries that serve our communities.  TEFAP is an important element in our ability to combat hunger.

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Sincerely,

 

Marcia L. Fudge

Don Young

Bob Goodlatte

Robert. A Brady

Rodney Davis

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The Honorable Robert Aderholt, Chairman                 

The Honorable Sanford Bishop, Ranking Member   

House Appropriations Subcommittee on                   

House Appropriations Subcommittee on

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and

Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Drug Administration and Related Agencies

Washington, DC 20515         

Washington, DC 20515

                                                             

March 16, 2018

 

Dear Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Bishop: 

As the Subcommittee begins developing its upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations legislation, we respectfully request your consideration of the needs of our nation’s network of food banks and other emergency food providers.  Many of these providers are
struggling to meet sustained high levels of demand while facing increased costs for purchasing and transporting food.

Specifically, we ask you to include $350 million for TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)
mandatory commodities to ensure that 2014 Farm Bill additional increases are maintained.

In addition, we ask that you provide the full authorized level of $100 million for TEFAP Storage and Distribution funding to help food banks and emergency feeding agencies with the rising costs of storing, transporting, and distributing foods to the needy. 
We also urge the Committee to work with the Secretary of Agriculture to identify opportunities for increasing the supply of TEFAP commodities in the coming fiscal year through bonus and specialty crop purchases.  This is particularly important given the sustained
high demand at food banks nationwide.    

The following factors have been placing strong pressures on the nation’s emergency food assistance system:

  • Demand for emergency food remains high in communities all across America.  According to Feeding America’s study “Hunger in America 2014,” more than 46.5 million people – one in seven Americans – receive emergency food each year through the nation’s network
    of food banks and the agencies they serve.  
  • With millions of Americans finding reemployment at reduced hours or wages, they continue to need food assistance each month.
  • TEFAP Storage and Distribution’s current funding level of $59 million only covers 23% of the cost of distributing TEFAP commodities – leaving food banks to bridge the gap and taking money away from vital programs to do so.  Food banks often must use donated
    funds to help when TEFAP Storage and Distribution funds fall short of what is needed to distribute TEFAP foods to clients.  Chronic underfunding of TEFAP Storage and Distribution has resulted in millions of potential meals not being delivered to clients in
    need.

Providing $350 million for TEFAP commodities in addition to fully funding the authorized amount of $100 million for TEFAP Storage and Distribution is critical if our emergency feeding agencies are to serve the growing numbers of people coming to them for
help. We appreciate your consideration of our request for full funding for TEFAP Commodities and for TEFAP Storage and Distribution funds.  We look forward to working with you on these and other pressing issues before the Committee.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Marcia L. Fudge

Don Young

Bob Goodlatte

Robert. A Brady

Rodney Davis

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

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